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Hunter Eichhorn takes aim on his tee shot on the 7th hole Tuesday at University Ridge. Eichhorn carded an 8-under 208 to finish tied for third at the Badger Invitational.

Hunter Eichhorn and his Marquette men's golf teammates had one goal Tuesday during the final round of the Badger Invitational at University Ridge GC in Madison: Finish strong.

Eichhorn just took his part in that quest to the extreme.

The Golden Eagles sophomore overcame a sluggish start and played his final seven holes in 7-under-par to salvage a 4-under 68 and finish tied for third at 8-under 208, five shots behind winner Joey Vrzich of Nevada. His rally helped Marquette shoot 7-under 281, the low round of the day, and finish fifth at 3-over 867, 12 shots behind first-place Illinois State (283-855).

The host University of Wisconsin shot 298 and finished 10th at 31-over 895. Senior Jordan Hahn shot a final-round 74 to finish tied for 11th at 216.

"Our goal was to have the lowest team score (Tuesday)," Eichhorn wrote in a text message to Wisconsin.Golf. "And we accomplished that, so it was a solid finish to bring us into this upcoming weekend."

O.J. Farrell matched Eichhorn with a 68 and surged up the leaderboard to finish 10th at 1-under 215 for the Golden Eagles, who will defend their title this weekend at the Northern Intercollegiate at Rich Harvest Farms GC in Long Grove, Illinois. A year ago, they set school records with their 32-under 832 winning total and finished 13 strokes ahead of Virginia.

Marquette started to look more like that team in the final round at University Ridge.

The Golden Eagles also counted an even-par 72 from junior Nate Thomson, a transfer from Belmont who tied for 38th, and a 1-over 73 from Matt Murlick, who tied for 46th. They threw out a 75 from freshman Tyler Leach, who tied for 38th in his collegiate debut.

Senior Charlie Maleki followed up a pair of 73s with a closing 74 and finished tied for 23rd at 220 while senior Austin Kendziorski matched Thomson's 38th place showing despite a final-round 79. Coach Steve Bailey could have some line-up decisions for the Northern Intercollegiate, but he was just happy to see his Golden Eagles trimmed 11 shots off its second-round 292.

"(Going) 13-under on the par-5s (Tuesday) was a big reason," Bailey wrote in a text to Wisconsin.Golf. "I can't say enough about Hunter's ability to compete. (He was) 3-over through four and the kid just keeps battling."

After starting on No. 5 in the shotgun start and playing his first four holes in 3-over, Eichhorn turned it around on the back nine. He made birdies at Nos. 11, 12 and 15 before he made a 40-foot putt for eagle on No. 16 to get to 2-under.

"On the back, I just kind of locked in because I knew that if I made some good swings, birdies were out there," said Eichhorn, who made three straight pars turning back to the front where he knocked in a 30-foot putt for eagle on No. 2 to get to 4-under. "I felt really good about my finish, especially after the start I had."

Despite Hahn's top-15 finish, the host Badgers had mixed emotions about the way they struggled on their home course.

Sophomore Griffin Barela's 76-69-78 week was symptomatic of the inconsistency that plagued UW in its opener. Sophomore Sam Anderson, who opened 81-78, led the way Tuesday with a closing 72 while the Badgers also counted Hahn's 74, another 74 from senior Brett Robinson and Barela's 78, tossing a from junior Pete Kuhl.

"The expectations and the thoughts on what these guys can achieve hasn't changed," UW coach Michael Burcin said after watching his team count seven double-bogeys and three triple-bogeys on its home course over 54 holes. "This is just one week, this deal goes to June, everything is still out there for us."

College men's golf: 2018 Badger Invitational | Final-round scores (University Ridge GC-Madison)

Pos. Team Total Today R1 R2 R3 Total
1 Illinois State -9 -5 287 285 283 855
2 Kansas -5 -3 292 282 285 859
T3 Iowa State -1 -2 301 276 286 863
T3 Nevada -1 -1 296 280 287 863
5 Marquette 3 -7 294 292 281 867
T6 UAB 14 3 291 296 291 878
T6 NIU 14 2 302 286 290 878
8 Notre Dame 20 2 302 292 290 884
9 Rutgers 24 9 301 290 297 888
10 Wisconsin 31 10 304 293 298 895
11 South Dakota State 37 8 308 297 296 901
12 Xavier 53 14 311 304 302 917
Pos. Player School Total Today R1 R2 R3 Total
1 Joey Vrzich Nevada -13 -7 70 68 65 203
2 Lachlan Barker Iowa State -10 -3 71 66 69 206
T3 Dave Perkins Illinois State -8 -3 74 65 69 208
T3 Hunter Eichhorn Marquette -8 -4 71 69 68 208
T5 Tony Jiang Rutgers -5 E 67 72 72 211
T5 Thomas DeMarco NIU -5 -2 73 68 70 211
T7 John Hayden UAB -3 -1 70 72 71 213
T7 Trent Wallace Illinois State -3 -1 71 71 71 213
T7 Harry Hillier Kansas -3 -3 72 72 69 213
10 Oliver James Farrell Marquette -1 -4 72 75 68 215
T11 Sam Harned Nevada E -1 73 72 71 216
T11 Andrew O'Brien Illinois State E E 70 74 72 216
T11 Jordan Hahn Wisconsin E 2 72 70 74 216
T11 Andy Spencer Kansas E -3 75 72 69 216
15 *Taichi Kho Notre Dame 1 1 75 69 73 217
T16 Davis Lamb Notre Dame 2 3 73 70 75 218
T16 Nick Robillard UAB 2 2 72 72 74 218
T16 Drew Shepherd Kansas 2 2 72 72 74 218
T16 Frank Lindwall Iowa State 2 -1 78 69 71 218
T20 Ben Sigel Kansas 3 1 77 69 73 219
T20 *Ricky Costello Iowa State 3 1 73 73 73 219
T20 David Rauer Illinois State 3 -1 73 75 71 219
T23 Tripp Kinney Iowa State 4 E 80 68 72 220
T23 Andrew O'Leary Notre Dame 4 -1 76 73 71 220
T23 *Charlie Maleki Marquette 4 2 73 73 74 220
T23 Charlie Hillier Kansas 4 6 73 69 78 220
T27 *John Felitto Notre Dame 5 2 74 73 74 221
T27 Jared Nicolls South Dakota State 5 -1 75 75 71 221
T29 Trey Davis Nevada 6 4 76 70 76 222
T29 Joel Durnford Illinois State 6 1 73 76 73 222
T29 William Walker, III UAB 6 3 75 72 75 222
T32 Sam Vincent Iowa State 7 2 76 73 74 223
T32 Davis Chatfield Notre Dame 7 -1 80 72 71 223
T32 *Jake Scarrow Kansas 7 4 69 78 76 223
T32 Garrett Wood Xavier 7 1 75 75 73 223
T32 Griffin Barela Wisconsin 7 6 76 69 78 223
37 Stephen Osborne Nevada 8 5 77 70 77 224
T38 Nate Thomson Marquette 9 E 76 77 72 225
T38 Oliver Whatley Rutgers 9 8 76 69 80 225
T38 Salvador Rocha NIU 9 -4 79 78 68 225
T38 Harry Duggan South Dakota State 9 -2 77 78 70 225
T38 Michael Mattas NIU 9 4 75 74 76 225
T38 *Austin Kendziorski Marquette 9 7 72 74 79 225
T38 Tyler Leach Marquette 9 5 77 71 77 225
T38 Brett Robinson Wisconsin 9 2 75 76 74 225
T46 Matt Murlick Marquette 10 1 75 78 73 226
T46 Michael Prebles Xavier 10 5 77 72 77 226
T46 *Sam Jeffcoat UAB 10 1 82 71 73 226
T46 Chris Gotterup Rutgers 10 4 79 71 76 226
50 Paul Schlimm NIU 11 4 78 73 76 227
T51 Sam Meek Nevada 12 3 78 75 75 228
T51 *Tommy Dunsire NIU 12 2 81 73 74 228
T51 Miguel Delgado Notre Dame 12 1 78 77 73 228
54 Ethan Hagood UAB 13 -1 78 80 71 229
T55 Jackson Kalz Iowa State 15 7 76 76 79 231
T55 Sam Batta South Dakota State 15 8 76 75 80 231
T55 *Tom Calbi Wisconsin 15 5 83 71 77 231
T55 Sam Anderson Wisconsin 15 E 81 78 72 231
T55 Alejandro Perazzo South Dakota State 15 3 80 76 75 231
T60 *Kevin Conners Notre Dame 16 8 80 72 80 232
T60 *Eduardo Rivera Xavier 16 5 83 72 77 232
T60 Shayler Dance Rutgers 16 1 81 78 73 232
T63 *Danny Daniels Iowa State 17 8 79 74 80 233
T63 Murray Naysmith UAB 17 7 74 80 79 233
T63 *Tony Gil Nevada 17 3 86 72 75 233
66 Hunter Ostrom Notre Dame 19 9 75 79 81 235
T67 Martin Jaramillo Xavier 21 -1 85 81 71 237
T67 Adam Gray Rutgers 21 4 79 82 76 237
T67 Jacob Otta South Dakota State 21 9 85 71 81 237
T70 Pete Kuhl Wisconsin 23 7 82 78 79 239
T70 Trey Rath Xavier 23 9 79 79 81 239
72 Nick Frey Xavier 24 10 80 78 82 240
73 *Connor Brown Marquette 25 10 79 80 82 241
T74 *Matthew Mourin Rutgers 28 17 77 78 89 244
T74 *Bryce Hammer Iowa State 28 11 80 81 83 244
T76 *Cameron Frazier Wisconsin 29 5 78 90 77 245
T76 *Jaxon Lynn South Dakota State 29 13 81 79 85 245

Rob started covering the Wisconsin golf scene in 1987 at the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison & has been the only reporter covering all levels of state golf. He joined Killarney Golf Media in Sept. 2015 & helped launch Wisconsin.Golf in Jan. 2016.