St. John's Claims 2014 BIG EAST Men's Golf Crown

Ryan McCormick, St. John's

Ryan McCormick, St. John's

April 29, 2014

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CALLAWASSIE ISLAND, S.C. - Another perfect day at Callawassie Island Club came to an end with St. John’s being crowned the BIG EAST Champion for the first time since 1989. Red Storm senior Ryan McCormick claimed the individual crown.

Tuesday was the final of three rounds played at the BIG EAST Championships which saw nine teams and 45 players compete for the league’s automatic berth to the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship.

St. John’s claimed its first BIG EAST title since the 1989 season behind the stellar play of its top-three golfers - McCormick, Ben Ludlam and Dylan Crowley – while all five Red Storm players placed in the top 30.  Commanded by McCormick’s steady play, St. John’s led the team standings from day one.

“It was a great battle out there with Marquette - they really put a scare into us in the middle of the round,” St. John’s head coach Frank Darby said after seeing the Golden Eagles pull within two strokes on the back nine on Tuesday.”

“I am proud of my guys. Sometimes it's difficult being the front runner and playing with the lead.  We love this course and Callawassie has been a great host,” Darby said in closing.

McCormick took over the tournament’s individual lead on Monday and his three-under 69 and held on for medalist honors.  Xavier’s Yuki Kato and Gregory Podufal tied for second with a score of 219 (+3). Marquette’s Brandon Cloete and Georgetown’s Ed McCrossen shared fourth place with a score of 221 (+5)

Marquette (892) finished 10 strokes behind St. John’s and DePaul (899) was third.  Fourth, fifth and sixth place was separated by just three strokes. Georgetown (908) took fourth, Xavier (910) and Seton Hall (911) rounded out the top six.

Butler (939), Villanova (954) and Creighton (957) rounded out the tournament field in seventh, eighth and ninth place, respectively.

DePaul’s Adrian Halimi tallied the low-round on Tuesday -- a 67.  The Blue Demon sophomore tied Podufal for the lowest round of the tournament.  Podufal’s 67 came on Monday during the second round.

St. John’s Obe Ayton, Villanova’s Robby Meador and Marquette’s C.J. Swift all tallied eagles in the final round.  Tuesday’s perfect weather produced the most eagles of the three-day tournament while six different players had an eagle during the tournament.

The crown is the Red Storm’s 10th team title, while McCormick’s individual championship is the eighth by a St. John’s player.