Junior Mark Ogren recorded a career-high finish of fourth at the Western Intercollegiate. Ogren finished the tournament at -2, tallying a career-low 54-hole score of 208.
March 20, 2007
Santa Cruz, Calif. - Illinois saved its best for last during today's third and final round of the 61st annual Western Intercollegiate, hosted by San Jose State University at the par 70, 6,432-yard Pasatiempo Golf Course. The Illini carded a 286, which marked the lowest final-round score of the entire 18-team field. The 286 also tied Illinois' lowest score out of 24 rounds on the 2006-07 season, equaling the 286 the UI shot in the second round of the Louisiana Classic on March 5. With the outstanding effort today, the Illini improved seven places in the team standings to finish tied for seventh place with a 54-hole total of 871 strokes.
Purdue won the Western Intercollegiate with a score of 849, while Xavier's John Streibich was medalist at -11.
The Illini performed well today under difficult circumstances. Sophomore Andy Shiels had to withdraw due to injury, so instead of counting the low four scores out of five, every player in the UI lineup needed to produce since there would be no fifth score to throw out. Senior Kyle Hosick led the way with a 1-under-par 69, marking his lowest round of the spring. Junior Mark Ogren continued his stellar play with an even-par 70, and senior Patrick Nagle carded a 1-over-par 71. After three scores, Illinois stood at even par on the day. Sophomore Jon Krick tallied a 76 for the final score, giving the UI a 6-over-par total of 286 for the round.
Ogren placed fourth individually in the 96-player field, finishing with a 2-under-par score of 208 strokes. It marked the highest finish of Ogren's career (previous career-high finish was fifth at the Windon Memorial Classic last October) as well as his fifth career Top-10 finish. Ogren's three-round total of 208 marked his career-low tournament score and ties the fifth lowest 54-hole score in school history.
Hosick improved 26 spots in the standings thanks to his final-round 69, tying for 17th place with a 6-over-par total of 216. Nagle also made a big jump today, improving 18 spots in the standings to finish tied for 29th with a 9-over-par score of 219.
Matt Hoffman, who competed as an individual this week, tied for 65th at 228, while Krick tied for 74th at 230.
Illinois returns to the course April 7-8, competing at the Boilermaker Invitational in West Lafayette, Ind.
Western Intercollegiate Final Team Standings 1. Purdue 279-283-287=849 2. California 282-294-288=864 3. Fresno State 283-283-300=866 4. Washington 281-292-294=867 T5. San Diego 291-288-289=868 T5. Long Beach State 283-281-304=868 T7. ILLINOIS 293-292-286=871 T7. Nevada 284-291-296=871 T7. Kansas 291-288-292=871 T10. Hawaii 293-281-298=872 T10. Xavier 291-286-295=872 12. St. Mary's 288-293-297=878 13. UAB 288-291-300=879 14. Columbia 289-293-300=882 15. Pacific 302-299-298=899 16. New Mexico State 294-299-308=901 17. San Jose State 300-294-311=905 18. Northern Colorado 313-311-315=939
Illinois Results 4. Mark Ogren 70-68-70=208 -2 T17. Kyle Hosick 73-74-69=216 +6 T29. Patrick Nagle 73-75-71=219 +9 T65. Matt Hoffman (ind.) 76-74-78=228 +18 T74. Jon Krick 79-75-76=230 +20 WD Andy Shiels 77-82-WD