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Navy Men’s Golf To Face Lehigh in Navy Spring Invitational Championship

April 11, 2015

ANNAPOLIS, Md. —  Navy senior golf captain August Jonas (Jacksonville, Fla.) sank a six-foot shot for par on the second-hole of a sudden death playoff against Colgate Saturday afternoon at the Navy Spring Invitational as the Midshipmen defeated the Raiders.  Lehigh dealt Lafayette a 4-2 loss and will face Navy Sunday morning for the Navy Spring Invitational Championship.

The tournament featured an 18-hole qualifier on Saturday morning with six players representing each team which in turn set the seeding for the afternoon match play.  Navy grabbed the top seed by 3 strokes over Lehigh with a 22-over par 306, followed by Lehigh (+25), Lafayette (+32) and Colgate (+37).  Navy senior Bryce Keene (Bakersfield, Calif.) captured medalist honors by shooting par (71), while Lehigh’s Harley Adams and Navy rookie Eric Terminello (White Plains, N.C.), who was playing as an individual, tied for second with a 3-over par 74.  Jonas fell in at fourth with a 4-over par 75, while Navy freshman Ethan Mead (Charlotte, N.C.), also seeing action as an individual, turned in a 5-over par 76 to place fifth.

“Despite sunny skies, conditions were tough on the course today,” said Navy head coach Pat Owen.  “It was very windy and the greens were extremely fast.  

“Our senior leadership from August (Jonas) and Bryce (Keene) was terrific.  Bryce secured medalist honors and although Augie caught some bad breaks, he was able to hold on to finish about the top five.  I also thought we had some fine individual performances from two of our freshmen, Ethan Mead and Eric Terminello.”

The team scores set up a match play event in the afternoon that pit top-seeded Navy against fourth-seeded Colgate and second-seeded Lehigh faced third-seeded Lafayette.  Navy seniors once again answered the call and led the way for the Mids.  Jonas scored an 8 & 6 win over Colgate’s Ryan Allison, while Keene turned in a 5 & 4 tally.

The Raiders pulled even with the Mids when Matt Cutcliffe one putted his last two holes and then parred the first hole of sudden death to clip junior Garrett Moyer (Annapolis, Md.), 1 up.  Meanwhile, Navy sophomore Devin Terry (La Crosse, Wis.) lost to Scott Adams 2 down, and Ian Lynch rode a hot putter to a 6 & 5 victory over Terminello.  

Navy trailed 3-2 with only Mead left out on the course.  Mead made a great up and down from the bunker on 16 to tie Chris Wilson and stay even for the match.  After Wilson hit safely to the 17th green, Mead hit a clutch shot to six feet and drained his birdie to go 1 up.  On 18, Mead’s drive went wide left, and he was forced to punch out sideways.  After a missed approach shot on his third, he chipped from 40 yards and put his ball six feet from the cup.  Wilson had missed the green with his second shot and chipped to seven feet.  He missed his par putt, leaving Mead with his six footer to tie the hole and win the match.  Mead calmly drained the putt, sending the teams into sudden death overtime.  

The format called for each team to name one player to represent it in the extra holes.  Colgate chose Wilson, while Owen called upon Jonas.  The two players tied the first hole, No. 8, and after Wilson just missed a 10-footer for par on No. 9, Jonas sent his six-footer into the back of the cup for the win.

In the other match, Abrams birdied the 18th hole to lead Lehigh to a 4-2 victory over its rival Lafayette.

### Go Navy ###

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