HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Junior Danny Pizetoski was the medalist at 6-under-par and the Richmond men’s golf team took the team title at the Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational, played Monday and Tuesday at Guyan Golf and Country Club.
Richmond finished at 3-over 855, finishing three shots ahead of Cincinnati and Eastern Kentucky as the Spiders won their 19th tournament title and first since the NC State Spring Open in 2011.
This was the sixth team tournament title and Pizetoski is the sixth medalist in head coach Adam Decker’s nine seasons at Richmond.
“Obviously this is a great way to start the season,” Decker said. “Yesterday’s second round put us in position to win the tournament and we did a great job toughing it out today to get the victory. I couldn’t be happier for Danny, he really put together a great tournament.”
Pizetoski shot a 1-under-par 70 in Tuesday’s final round to finish at 6-under 207, tied for the fifth best 54-hole score in school history. That was one shot ahead of William & Mary’s Alex Hicks (208) as Pizetoski became the 22nd individual tournament winner for Richmond and first since Sam Beach won the 2009 Landrey Invitational.
“I knew I needed to play well to give the team a shot to win and to give myself a shot to win,” Pizetoski said. “The course was playing tough, the greens were firm, but I played pretty well. One-under was enough to get the win.”
The Davidson, N.C. native shot a 3-under 68 in the opening round and 2-under 69 in the second round Monday, which had him in third place, two shots behind Hicks and teammate Jack Wilkes.
“I was hitting the ball well all week and putting just well enough to make a couple,” Pizetoski said. “There were a couple struggles, I made some bogeys, but that happens in a 54-hole tournament. You’ve got to get past it.”
The Spiders were eight shots behind leader Cincinnati after the first round, but shot a 7-under 277 in Monday afternoon’s second round to close Monday’s 36-holes with a two shot lead over the Bearcats. The 7-under afternoon round tied for the fourth lowest 18-hole round in school history. Richmond shot a 287 in the opening round and a 291 in the final round, one shot lower than Cincinnati.
Wilkes, who had carded a tourney-low 4-under 67 in the second round, finished tied for sixth at 3-under-par 210. The senior shot a 3-under in the first round and a 75 on Tuesday.
Sophomore John David Sanderson finished in a tie for 24th at 218 (75-71-72) and junior Colin McDade tied for 38th at 220 (76-70-74). Sophomore David Germann tied for 72nd at 229 and freshman Mark Reilly tied for 76th at 230 playing as an individual.
“It is a great start to the season,” Pizetoski said. “Everybody played really well. I’m really looking forward to the rest of the season.”
The Spiders return to action Sept. 23-24 at the VCU Shootout at Hermitage Country Club in Manakin-Sabot, Va.