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Hunter Eichhorn hits from the rough during the final round of the Marquette Intercollegiate at Erin Hills on Tuesday. Eichhorn finished the tournament at 7-under 209 to share medalist honors with South Florida’s Luke Gifford.

ERIN – It isn’t always pretty with Hunter Eichhorn. His swing is self-taught, his driver gets him into trouble from time to time and he doesn’t always play holes the way they’re drawn up.

What the Marquette University junior has, though, is far more valuable than by-the-book mechanics. He is ultra-competitive, has unshakeable faith in how he goes about it and grinds so hard you can practically feel the intensity from the next fairway over.

Those qualities were on display at the Marquette Intercollegiate at Erin Hills, where Eichhorn closed with an even-par 72 and was co-medalist in the 12-team tournament Tuesday. The product of tiny Carney, Mich., finished at 7-under 209 and tied South Florida’s Luke Gifford.

Eichhorn, the Big East Conference champion as a freshman, now has four collegiate medalist or co-medalist finishes, including two in the Golden Eagles’ last three tournaments.

“He just seems to rise above when he’s tested,” said Marquette coach Steve Bailey. “That’s what you want out of your horse. I’m proud to see him just compete. At times he didn’t have his best stuff this week. That’s what I love about him. He continues to find a way.

“That’s kind of his game, you know? It’s not always going to look pretty. It’s definitely not a beauty contest for him. He embraces that. That’s what makes him such a good player. He just loves being in that moment. He turns it up a notch when he’s faced with a little adversity. He just knows that, hey, I’ve just got to figure out a way to get it done. And more often than not, he does. It’s impressive.”

Unfortunately, Eichhorn couldn’t carry the Golden Eagles on his back. He needed help and didn’t get much in the final round. On Monday, MU raised hopes for a top-three finish by shooting 4-under 284, but a final-round rally fizzled after a fast start. Marquette was 5-under through seven holes but played the next five holes in 11-over and tumbled to a 5-over 293 and a ninth-place finish.

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Wisconsin’s Sam Anderson hits from the 17th fairway during the final round of the Marquette Intercollegiate at Erin Hills.

Sophomore Tyler Leach and senior Matt Murlick tied for 40th place, but freshmen Josh Robinson and Bhoom Aree-Sima didn’t crack the top 60. For the week, the Golden Eagles played the par-5s in 4-over.

“We’ve got some growing to do,” Bailey said. “We’ve got to make some better decisions. We can make a lot of birdies, and we’ve done it every event we’ve played in this year. But too many mistakes. … Those non-penalty doubles, even a triple today (by Leach on the par-5 18th), it’s deflating. It takes a lot of wind out of the sail and it’s tough to battle back from those.

“You hope when you have a week where a guy wins that you get somewhat of a supporting cast, but it was just spotty. We’ll try to turn it around in a couple days and get back at it (next Monday and Tuesday at the Crooked Stick Collegiate).”

Purdue finished at 855 and held off defending champion Northwestern by two shots to win the team title. The Boilermakers’ comeback was impressive, given that they were two shots out of last place after the first round. They shot a combined 22-under over the final two days.

“We knew everything was bunched up and we had to kind of stick with the same game plan that we had,” said coach Rob Bradley. “We were capable of making a lot of birdies, so just keep plugging along. We finally got things going in the second round and just kind of continued all the way through today.”

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Hunter Eichhorn turns away in disbelief after his par putt failed to drop on the ninth green, his final hole at the Marquette Intercollegiate.

No player better epitomized Purdue’s turnaround than junior Jason Hong of Australia, who bounced back from an opening 83 with rounds of 69 and 68.

Northwestern finished at 857 on the strength of a 13-under 275 in the final round. UCLA finished third at 859. Marquette was ninth at 879 and Wisconsin was 12th and last at 893.

Junior Sam Anderson continued his strong play for the Badgers, however, closing with a 73 and finishing T-19 despite playing a three-hole stretch in 5-over.

Eichhorn, the reigning Wisconsin State Amateur champion, came to the par-3 ninth hole, his 18th, with a one-stroke lead over Gifford but his tee shot stood up in the wind and his ball drifted into a greenside bunker. He blasted out to 7 feet, but his par-saving attempt hung on the lip.

“I hit a really good putt,” he said. “It just broke a little bit more than I thought it would. But I’m happy with how I played today. Erin Hills is a place that’s pretty special. I really like this place a lot. This is a tournament I definitely circle on the calendar every year and to be able to be medalist, it’s pretty special. I’m pretty happy.”

Team/Player Leaderboard
Erin Hills Golf Course - 2019 Marquette Intercollegiate Par: 72 Yardage: 7515
Hartford, WI US
Oct 6-8, 2019
Click on the round header, (Rd 1, Rd 2, etc), to view previous round data
Pos.Team/Player (seed)Rd 1Rd 2Rd 3Total
T7Cole Bradley (5)746970213
T10Andrew Farraye (2)727171214
T19Joe Weiler (1)766973218
T26Nick Dentino (3)797467220
T26Jason Hong (4)836968220
T5David Nyfjall (2)717170212
T7Eric McIntosh (1)737268213
T17John Driscoll (4)777466217
T30Everton Hawkins (3)747671221
T47James Imai (5)767178225
T5Eddy Lai (3)737168212
T10Hidetoshi Yoshihara (2)737170214
T12Bryan Wiyang Teoh (1)737369215
T19Devon Bling (4)737372218
T50Sean Maruyama (5)817472227
4South Florida296287281864
T1Luke Gifford (2)726869209
3Albin Bergstrom (1)756867210
T19Run Youprayong (3)737570218
T53Massimo Mbetse (5)767775228
T68Sam Nicholson (4)807680236
T12Jack Sparrow (4)737270215
T19Mitch Davis (3)767072218
T26Brock Ochsenreiter (1)747571220
T40Ethan Shepherd (2)797074223
T40Harry Reynolds (5)776977223
6UC Davis300282291873
16Jacob Westberg (4)747270216
T17Mark Stephens (5)767170217
T19Thomas Hutchison (1)746777218
T35Lucas Carper (3)767274222
T68Shane Muldowney (2)827777236
4Alexandre Fuchs (3)687568211
T30Jonathan Yaun (2)777470221
T35Isaac Simmons (4)757374222
T45Zach Barbin (5)797273224
49Ervin Chang (1)777574226
8Georgia State301290286877
T7Ashton Poole (1)696975213
T12Josh Edgar (3)747368215
T50Egill Gunnarsson (2)797771227
T57Severin Soller (5)867172229
67David Li (4)797778234
T1Hunter Eichhorn (1)706772209
T40Tyler Leach (2)757276223
T40Matt Murlick (3)807172223
63Josh Robinson (4)778173231
T64Bhoom Sima-Aree (5)827476232
10Miami University(OH)299297285881
T30Charlie Nikitas (2)737771221
T30Danny Fisher (4)797369221
T35Jack Mortell (3)737376222
T40Jack Herceg (5)747673223
T53Jack Katarincic (1)817572228
11Ball State303297287887
T12Joey Ranieri (2)727469215
T35Keegan Bronnenberg (1)757473222
T50Tyler Green (4)817472227
T57Yianni Kostouros (3)767578229
T64CJ Jones (5)807973232
T19Sam Anderson (2)737273218
T30Sebastian Iqbal (1)727376221
T57Coalter Smith (3)777973229
T57Nick Robinson (4)787774229
T64Griffin Barela (5)797578232
Pos.Player (Team)Rd 1Rd 2Rd 3Total
25Connor Polender (Liberty )757173219
T26Natheethorn Teacharuangchit (UC Davis)807268220
T35Yannick Artigolle (Northwestern)777372222
T45Cameron Frazier (Wisconsin)747278224
T47Cole Castro (South Florida)777573225
T53Peyton Snoeberger (Purdue)787674228
T53Matthew Bachmann (Marquette )807573228
T57Aidan Lafferty (Marquette )747283229
62Joey Wiseman (Ball State )857372230
T68Cam Solomon (Miami University(OH))817976236
71Rory Feng (UCLA)847777238
72Drew Giacchetto (Indiana )07877155

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