Men's Golf Reclaims Rivalry Cup with Win Over Wabash

225 ManshipTERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Five dual winners and a tie combined with the overall score team point lifted the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men’s golf team to a 6.5-4.5 match-play victory over Wabash College Wednesday and gave the Little Giant-Engineer Cup back to the RHIT for the first time since 2011.

RHIT freshman Tapat Wittayakom (Chiang Mai, Thailand) led all players with low of 75 at Hulman Links Course on day which featured a high temperature just above 40 degrees.

Other match-play winners for the Fightin’ Engineers included junior Travis Whithaus (Robinson, Ill./Vincennes) with a 79, freshman Garrett Manship (Shelbyville, Ill./Shelbyville) with an 81, junior Tucker Cox (Bedford, Ind./North Lawrence) with an 85, and freshman Lucas Peoples (Terre Haute, Ind./South Vigo) with a 90.

Engineers’ sophomore Sanders Park (Alpharetta, Ga./Milton) tied his match with an 80 to contribute a half-point to the effort, while sophomore Kent Kraus (Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove) shot a crisp 76 to contribute to the team score of 563, which beat out Wabash’s 10-player team score of 573.

Scotty Johansen Jr. and Nick Sommer led Wabash College’s individual scorers with lows of 77.

RHIT’s victory avenged an earlier 6-5 loss to Wabash in the fall season.

The Fightin’ Engineers return to the links when they host the RHIT Invitational at Hulman Links Saturday and Sunday.

INDIVIDUAL SCORES (in player order):

RHIT (563) – 1. Sanders Park, 80; 2. Tapat Wittayakom, 75; 3. Travis Whithaus, 79; 4. Sam Pastoriza, 87; 5. Kent Kraus, 76; 6. Luke Peoples, 90; 7. Sam Mimms, 94; 8. Garrett Manship, 81; 9. Tucker Cox, 85; 10. Brandon Ridner, 91.

WABASH (573) – 1. Logan Burdick, 82; 2. Scott Morrison, 86; 3. Seth Hensley, 80; 4. Jackson Stevens, 81; 5. Nick Sommer, 77; 6. Nathan Klopfenstein, 92; 7. Scotty Johansen Jr., 77; 8. Nicholas Schenkel, 94; 9. Tyler Cole, 90; 10. Collin Bell, 92.