Matt Murlick

Matt Murlick

Maggie Bean / Marquette University photo

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Matt Murlick didn't play as much golf as originally planned this weekend at the Hawkeye Invitational, but the golf that the Marquette sophomore squeezed in around less-than-ideal conditions wasn't too bad.

His 2-over-par 74 allowed him to make a seven-spot jump on the leaderboard to finish in fifth place at 1-over-par 145. Marquette shot 314 and finished ninth as a team at the weather-shortened event at Finkbine GC.

The tournament was reduced from 54 to 36 holes as conditions turned raw on Saturday. Temperatures  sat in the 30s and winds exceeded 20 mph as rain fell on the 7,238-yard course, driving the average score up -- from a 74.67 in Friday's opening round to a 78.88 in Saturday's finale.

No team shot lower than 11-over-par on the final day. Iowa State shot 303 and held off in-state rival Iowa (299) by one shot to win with a 584 total.

Murlick turned in one of the day’s best rounds in the 75-man field, despite the weather.  Teeing off on No. 8, he shot 2-over-par on the back nine and bogeyed the Par 5 No. 2, before making a pair of birdies on his final five holes to get to even par on the front nine.  

Murlick finished the 36-hole tournament with nine birdies, second-most in the field. The Golden Eagles also counted a 79 form Austin Kendziorski, an 80 from Hunter Eichhorn and an 81 from Matthew Bachmann, tossing a 79 from Oliver Farrell.

Medalist Jeremy Gandon (8-under-par, 136) of Kansas State was the only player in the field to shoot under par  Saturday at 2-under 70.

Marquette is off until the Big East Championship, which is April 29 through May 1, at Callawassie Island GC. in Okatie, South Carolina.  The Golden Eagles seek their second straight title and third in the last four years, along with the automatic berth in the NCAA Division I Regionals.