March 12, 2013
PAUMA VALLEY, Calif. - Anthony Kim fired a four-under-par 67 to lead Army at the Triumph at Pauma Valley, Tuesday at the Pauma Valley Country Club.
Army jumped up two spots to seventh at the nine-team, 54-hole event after shooting a 302 on Tuesday.
Kim matched his low career score by securing two birdies on both his first and back nine holes and tied for 11th for the championship.
Host San Francisco won the nine-team event with an 861, two strokes in front of Brigham Young, the only two teams to shoot lower than 900 at the par-71, 7,077-yard layout. UC Riverside was third (902), followed by British Columbia (908) and Bowling Green (916).
Army improved its team score in each round. After a 319 to open the event, the Black Knights shot 315 and 302 for a 936.
Justin Kelley of Brigham Young won the event with a one-under-par 212, one stroke in front of San Francisco teammates Jobin Carlos and Cory McElyea.
Kim, who liked his teammates started his round on the back nine, birdied the par-5 11th and the par-4 15th to go with seven pars and then birdied the par-3 third hole and ended his tournament with a birdie 3 on his final hole.
Kim began the tournament with an 83 and then shaved 10 strokes off in his second round with a two-over-par 73.
Marcus Plunkett closed his tournament with a one-over-par 72 and finished tied for 11th with Kim. Plunkett began with a 74, shot a 77 and ended with a 72 for a 223 total, thanks to two birdies in his first nine holes on Tuesday.
Brandon Baerwaldt began his tournament with a 78 and then had rounds of 81 and 85 for a 244 and 45th-place finish.
Matt Philie saved his best round for his final 18 holes, shooting an 81 after a pair of 84s to finish tied for 48th.
Harrison Florence opened with an 84 and followed that up with an 85. He shot his lowest round of the tournament on Tuesday with an 82 that pushed him to a 50th-place finish.
Robby Hill lowered his score in each round, shaving a stroke off each turn and tied for 22nd. He opened with a 78 and followed with a 77 and 76 to close at 231. He was one of two individuals competing for Army.
Brandon Roberts also competed as an individual and shot rounds of 83-84-88 for a tournament total of 255.
Army will continue its spring season at the Wildcat Invitational, April 1 and 2 at White Manor Country Club in Malvern, Pa.
7. ARMY (319-315-302--936)
T11. Anthony Kim 83-73-67--223
T11 Marcus Plunkett 74-77-72--223
45 Brandon Baerwaldt 78-81-85--244
T48 Matt Philie 84-84-81--249
50 Harrison Florence 84-85-82--251
T22 *Robby Hill 78-77-76--231
51 *Brandon Roberts 83-84-88--255
*Competing as individuals