IUPUI Men's Golf Don Benbow Butler Spring Invitational

The IUPUI Men’s Golf team competed in the Don Benbow Butler Spring Invitational at the Highland Golf Club on April 1, 2024.

Photo by Andy Mead/YCJ
Photo by Andy Mead/YCJ

The team was supposed to compete again on April 2, 2024, but that game was canceled, due to bad weather. Having a +8, IUPUI finished sixth on the first day of the Invitational. The five player-team, which consisted of three seniors and two freshmen, combined for a total of 277 strokes in the first round, and 291 strokes in the second round. 

The IUPUI's men's golf team was in 6th place in the invitational, with the top three including Loyola (+19), the IUPUI B Team (+22) and Wisconsin Green Bay (+24). The Varsity Golf Team that day was coached by veteran head coach Jamie Broce.

The top player on the team that day was freshman Brady Schier, whose striking distance was at a -1 under 139 (66-73) leading the IUPUI Men’s Golf Team through the first round, while also being six shots off the lead. I only attended the game for a few hours, but I thought the game was calm, relaxing, and eventful. It was definitely neat to walk about the Golf course and look at all of the different players playing.

“Highlight of the tournament was the play of our two freshmen in the first round, especially freshman Brady Shier who carded a bogey free round of 66. Freshman Titus Boswell also played outstanding with a 69 that included four birdies in five holes on 12-16,” assistant coach Sean Lampton said.

The fact that two freshmen were able to carry the team, within the first round, is really impressive, especially since most would expect the seniors to dominate the event.

Meanwhile, seniors Kevin Tillery and Morgan Tournemire both shot 1-over 71, and fellow senior Taylor Gardner carded 3-over 73, all over the course of the first round.

For the second round, Tournemire led the way at 1-over 71, while both Gardner and Schier finished at 3-over 73, with Boswell and Tillery each shot 4-over 74. Sophomore Noah Kirsch led the Jaguars’ B-team entry in the morning round, with an even par 70, while junior Colten Girgis shot 2-over 72; while sophomore Harry Ward and senior Brock Aten shot 3-over 73, and fellow senior Josh Yoder closed at 6-over 76. In round two, Ward shot 2-over 72 and both Girgis and Yoder closed at 73. According to Coach Lampton, the B-team had a nice score of 288 in the second round. As for other positions, behind Schier, Tournemire is tied for 29th overall at 2-over 142 (71-71) and Boswell is tied for 36th at 3-over 143 (69-74). Tillery, Girgis and Ward all sat at 5-over and Gardner was at 6-over.

Despite all that hard work, the IUPUI Men’s Golf Team placed sixth place, which has been consistently been in the middle of the pack in most meets. 

 “We led the tournament for 27 holes, but, during the last nine holes, we carded six bogeys and two doubles as a team. These were the 10 strokes that separated us from first place to our eventual sixth place finish. Being able to finish out a round is a separator. When you have something decent going you have to find a way to hold it together till the last hole,” Lampton said.

 Play was supposed to resume on April 2 but the event was canceled due to the weather. So, the next men’s golf event will be on April 20, for the Horizon League Championship, after the conclusion of the Hoosier Collegiate from April 6-7.

Zach Aigbe is a Junior majoring in Software Development at the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering. He is a reporter for the Campus Citizen. Zach's hobbies include playing video games, watching TV, and listening to music.

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