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Navy Men’s Golf Heads Set for Competition at Clemson Invitational

March 31, 2016

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This Week
After claiming the team title at the Patriot Spring Intercollegiate two weeks ago, the Navy men’s golf team returns to action this weekend by participating in the inaugural Clemson Invitational played at the Cliffs at Keowee Falls in Sunset, S.C.  The 54-hole event will begin Friday at 8:45 am from the first and 10th tees.

The Field
Navy is among a 12-team field that includes five ACC teams and eight of the top 115 players in the nation.  Clemson is the highest ranked team in the field with a No. 10 national rating according to the latest Golfweek/Sagarin listings.  The field includes ACC teams Boston College, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Louisville and Notre Dame, as well as Elon, Furman, Michigan State, Navy, UNC Greensboro, UNC Wilmington and Winthrop.

The Course
Named for Falls Creek, which winds its way through seven holes, the 160-acre Keowee Falls golf course stretches across mountainous terrain with numerous elevation changes, tree-lined fairways, streams, ponds and lengthy par 3s, all surrounded by woods and wildflowers. Bermuda grass tees and fairways with Champion ultra-dwarf greens keep things interesting on the course.  Designed by Jack Nicklaus, he par-72 course stretches 7,103 yards and was opened in 2007.

Navy’s Lineup
1. Griffin Peters (Fountain Hills, Ariz.), 2. Thomas Fricke (Haymarket, Va.), 3. Connor Tallman (Lake Oswego, Ore.), 4. Matthew Starobin (Davidsonville, Md.), 5. Ethan Mead (Charlotte, N.C.)

• Peters leads the way for the Mids with his team-low 75.27 stroke average.  He has placed among the top 20 in four of the six tournaments in which he has seen action, including each of the last three.  
• Fricke has produced a 75.87 stroke average and has hovered around the top 25 in most of his tournaments.  He has turned in back-to-back top-20 finishes heading into the weekend.  
• Tallman is coming off his first collegiate tournament win at the Patriot Spring Intercollegiate, earning medalist honors after winning a three-way playoff that included teammate Matthew Starobin.  Tallman owns a 76.15 stroke average.
• Starobin, a rookie, has seen action in just three tournaments this season where he has put together a 76.33 average.  He placed 38th at the Navy Fall Classic, 41st at the Georgetown Intercollegiate and tied for the low score at the Patriot Spring Intercollegiate where he would fall out of the playoff.
• Like Starobin, Mead has seen action in just three competitions this season and owns a 78.50 stroke average.  He is coming off an 11th-place finish at the Patriot Spring Intercollegiate.

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Last Time Out
Navy placed three of its scoring golfers among the top seven, including medalist Connor Tallman, to win the four-team Patriot Spring Intercollegiate at the par-72 PGA National Estates Golf Course in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. on March 15.

The teams faced gusty conditions throughout the day, as Navy fought off an upset-minded Lehigh team that attempted to overcome a 7-stroke deficit in the final round.  Clutch birdies by Griffin Peters, Ben Allen and Tallman on the 18th hole and eight consecutive pars by Thomas Fricke sealed the victory for the Midshipmen, who finished the tournament 38-over (302-312=614).  While Tallman took medalist honors, he had to win it the hard way.  Navy freshman Matthew Starobin finished the final round with a 1-over par 73 to give him the early lead (147), forcing both Tallman and Lehigh’s Billy Johns to birdie the 18th and thrust the trio into a sudden death playoff.  Starobin bogeyed the first hole to fall out of the playoff and on the second playoff hole, Johns missed his par putt.  Tallman, meanwhile, rolled in his three-footer for par to earn his first collegiate victory (72-75=147).  Peters (76-78) and Allen (75-79) tied for seventh place with a 10-over par 154, followed by Fricke in 20th (79-80=159) and senior captain David Won (Bothell, Wash.) in 31st (87-85=172).

### Go Navy ###

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