JOLIET, IL – Three days removed from a runner-up finish at the Jaguar Spring Invitational, the Governors State men's golf team was back in action on Tuesday, placing seventh out of 10 teams at the St. Francis Spring Invitational.
The Jaguars recorded a team score of 309 at the Par-71, 6,196-yard Inwood Golf Course. In the process, GSU chopped 75 strokes off its score from last year's event.
Roosevelt (297) and Purdue Northwest (297) shared the team title while Aurora (300) and St. Francis (300) tied for third. Just six strokes separated the pack of teams finishing fifth through eighth: Trinity Christian (304), Benedictine (307), Governors State (309) and Elmhurst (310). Rounding out team scoring were Dominican (335) and Robert Morris (352).
Matt Contey shot a 4-over-par 75 to finish in an eight-way tie for 14th place. It marked the sixth time this season the junior college transfer has posted the Jaguars' lowest tournament score. Newcomer Mike Rosinia turned in a 77 to finish in the Top-25, just ahead of teammates Kevin Stoffle (78), Jack Calderone (79) and Casey Domke (82).
"We struggled a bit on the greens, but I'm pleased with our finish as we continue to get better. Assistant Coach Scott Hogan has been instrumental in the team's improvement since fall season," said second-year GSU Head Coach Mark Haines. "Today's tournament will prepare us for a challenging weekend ahead at Western Illinois."
GSU takes on a field of mostly Division I schools Friday and Saturday at the 54-hole Ben Mussatto Invitational in Macomb, Illinois.