Saunders finishes 4th at Shawnee State Invitational

Justin Grube Special to OVP

March 20, 2014

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio – Sophomore Nick Saunders was awarded a place on the Shawnee State Invitational All-Tournament team following a fourth-place performance in the two-day event to highlight the Bears’ weekend.

As a team, Shawnee State finished fourth with a team score of 641 during its home event. Bluefield State finished with an even 600 team score to best second-place Pikeville by 15 strokes.

Saunders — a 2012 Gallia Academy graduate — wrapped up the tournament with a three-over-par (75) to finish the event at seven-over-par during his two rounds. His score of 153 was eight shots off the pace of Bluefield State medalist’s Tyler Browning’s score of 145. Browning bested the field by four shots. Saunders tied for the tournament lead with eight birdies over the two rounds. He finished two-under-par on par-5 holes. He was three-over-par on par-3 holes and five-over-par on par-4 situations. All three of those situational scores were just two shots off of the type individual at each par length.

Rob Pell, a junior from West Union, Ohio, fired an identical 79 to match his score from the opening day. His two-round total of 158 placed him second on the team and 16th overall in the field. Pell was also three-over-par on par-3 holes and finished with 19 total pars over his two rounds. Josh Zornes, a sophomore from Ironton, Ohio, shot 84 on Saturday to finish with a total score of 158. That placed him 20th among all individuals.

Austin Fawley, a freshman from Buford, Ohio, cut one stroke off his score from yesterday as he shot 85 to finish with a total of 161 for the tournament. Fawley placed 26th at the end of the tournament as the de facto No. 4 for the Bears. Dakota Robinson, a freshman from Marysville, Ohio, competed as an individual for the team and finished with a two-day total of 200 to place 33rd.

As a team, Shawnee State was second overall in par-3 (plus-20) and par-4 scoring (plus-36). The Bears finished nine-over-par combined on par-5 holes, while all three of the top teams had scores in the red on these holes. Shawnee State made 16 total birdies and 62 pars, both of which ranked fourth in the field.

Golf will be back in action next Friday at the Capital Spring Invitational at the Royal American Links in Galena, Ohio.