Men's Golf Climbs Spot to Take Second at RHIT Invite


Wittayakom225TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology golf team got strong performances from Sanders Park and Tapat Wittayakom in Day 2 of the six-team RHIT Golf Invitational to move up a spot to capture second place in the final team standings Sunday.

Rose-Hulman shot a team score of 620 to tie for second with Thomas More College (Ky.), which also finished with a 620. Hanover College earned the overall team title with a winning score of 612.

Park (Alpharetta, Ga./Milton) fired a second-day round of 74 to finish with a two-day total of 147 to take runner-up honors out of the overall field. Park was just edged by medalist Michael Marcagi of Thomas More, who birdied his final hole to shoot a 71 Sunday and finish with a two-day total of 146.

Wittayakom (Chiang Mai, Thailand/Prem Tinsulanonda International) shot the best RHIT score of the day Sunday with his 72, beating his Round 1 score by seven strokes to give him a two-day total of 151, which tied for sixth place overall.

Adding to RHIT’s team score was Kent Kraus (Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove) with a 159 (tied for 16th overall), Travis Whithaus (Robinson, Ill./Vincennes) with a 163 (tied for 22nd overall), and Sam Pastoriza (Camby, Ind./Mooresville) with a 175 (45th overall).

Competing as an individual, freshman Luke Peoples (Terre Haute, Ind./South Vigo) had a strong two-day round of 158 after shooting an 80 Sunday. The score tied for 13th overall.

Freshman Sam Mimms (Terre Haute, Ind./South Vigo) added a 167 in individual play to tie for 33rd overall.

The Engineers return to the course when they travel to the Hanover Invitational April 5-6 in Hanover, Ind. 

TEAM SCORES: 1. Hanover 612; t-2. Rose-Hulman 620; t-2. Thomas More 620; 4. Vincennes 625; 5. Wabash 637; 6. Manchester 640; 7. Defiance 660; 8. Lincoln Trail CC 699. 

ROSE-HULMAN (620): 1) 2, Sanders Park 74-73-147; 2) t-6,Tapat Wittaykom 79-72-151; 3) t-16, Kent Kraus 79-80-159; 4) t-22, Travis Whithaus 82-81-163; 5) 45, Sam Pastoriza, 86-89-175. 

RHIT INDIVIDUALS: t-13, Luke Peoples 78-80-158; t-33, Sam Mimms 83-84-167; t-43, Andy Rhine 89-85-174; t-51, Tucker Cox 91-88-179; 55, Garrett Manship 91-92-183; 56, Brandon Ridner 99-85-184.