Marquette University’s men’s golf team fell short of its goal to become the first team in program history to advance to the NCAA Division I Championships, but coach Steve Bailey considers the 2018-19 season an unqualified success.
MU ran away to a 24-stroke victory margin to win its third Big East title in five years under Bailey, with four players finishing among the top 10. The Golden Eagles also won two tournaments in the fall.
“I can’t say enough about what this group of seniors have meant to our program,” Bailey wrote in a text to Wisconsin.Golf, referring to Oliver Farrell of England, Austin Kendziorski of Sussex and Charlie Maleki of Mequon. “These guys weren’t junior all-Americans (and) didn’t get any offers from big-time Power Five schools, yet they helped create a culture that reached national prominence and set unprecedented heights for Marquette.”
The Golden Eagles finished eighth in the 14-team NCAA Austin (Texas) Regional on Wednesday, their best-ever regional finish. But MU fell 20 strokes shy of advancing to the NCAA Championships, May 24 through 29 at Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Marquette, seeded eighth, had a 292 score in the third and final round and an 880 total for 54 holes. Sixth-ranked Texas won the regional with a sizzling 25-under 827 and TCU was a distant second at 847. Clemson, Pepperdine and Southern Cal also advanced.
Sophomore Hunter Eichhorn shot an even-par 71 in the final round and finished at 3-over 216 to tie for 18th and lead the Golden Eagles.
Kendziorski shot a 72 and finished at 217 to tie for 20th in his final collegiate event. Farrell closed his career with a 75 and tied for 32nd at 220.
TCU’s Stefano Mazzoli and Texas’ Steven Chervony and Cole Hammer shared medalist honors at 9-under 204. Julian Perico of Arkansas was the individual to advance, tying for sixth at 210.
Meanwhile, in the Athens (Georgia) Regional, Vanderbilt sophomore Harrison Ott of Brookfield helped the Commodores to a third-place finish and a spot in the NCAA Championships.
Ott had solid rounds of 71, 71 and 72 to finish in a tie for 10th place at 1-over 214.
In the Louisville Regional, Wisconsin senior Jordan Hahn finished strong with a 70 and tied for 35th at 5-over 218. George Kneiser, a junior at UW-Green Bay and the Horizon League individual champion, tied for 68th at 230.