LITTLESTOWN, Pa. Army shot its second consecutive round of under 300 and Matt Krembel defended his tournament championship as the Black Knights won the 13-team Mount St. Mary’s Spring Invitational, Tuesday at Quail Valley Golf Course.
Army shot rounds of 295-296 for a two-day total of 591 to win its second tournament of the year. Krembel closed with a 73 to claim the individual championship for the second consecutive season.
The tournament was shortened from 54 holes to 36 due to a number of weather related delays. On Monday, teams were dispatched back to the hotel when heavy rains fell during a four-hour-plus delay before competition concluded later in the evening. The teams were warming up Tuesday when a two-hour fog delay was called.
The dual warm-ups didn’t seem to impact Army though as it beat Mount St. Mary’s “B” Team (601), Bryant (603), Monmouth (611) and Robert Morris (621) on the par-72, 7,027-yard layout.
“It wasn’t bad,” said Army head coach Jimmy Ray Clevenger. “We had kind of a slow start but settled down a bit and put up a good, solid number. Our goal was to break 300 both rounds and the guys did a good job of doing that.”
Krembel shot a four-under-par 68 on Monday and finished with a plus-one 73 for a two-round total of 141 to win the individual championship by three strokes. He was the only golfer under par for the championship.
“Matt was very solid on Monday,” said Clevenger. “Today, his putting was outstanding. It was a good solid win for him.”
Army had three players in the top-10 en route to winning its first event since capturing the Davidson Invitational Oct. 14. Sam Walenz finished fourth, his best showing of the season with an even-par round of 72 and a 145 for the tournament. William Park was also at even-par on Tuesday and finished three strokes behind Walenz in a tie for sixth.
Wes Carver shot 78-79157 for the tournament and was tied for 25th while James Raymond shot 81-82163 to tie for 46th.
Army will have a quick turnaround as the Black Knights host the 54-hole Patriot League Championships, Saturday and Sunday at the West Point Golf Course. The winner of the tournament earns an automatic NCAA bid.
“I hope we’re peaking,” said Clevenger. “Right now, our biggest concern is depth. We need a little more depth if we are going to have a shot of getting into contention to win the Patriot League championship. Our top guys are really stepping up to another level but depth is our biggest concern.”
Notes: Matt Krembel has four top-10 finishes in 10 events this season ... Sam Walenz has two top-10 placings ... William Park’s tie for sixth was his best career finish and second top-10 showing this season ... Army has now shot under 300 five times this season ... The Black Knights shot 302-294-298894 to win the Davidson Invitational and opened the Sycuan Invitational in El Cajon, Calif., with a 299.
Mount St. Mary’s Spring Invitational Quail Valley Golf Course 1. Army 295-296591 1. Matt Krembel 68-73141 4. Sam Walenz 73-72145 T6. William Park 76-72148 T25. Wes Carver 78-79157 T46. James Raymond 81-82164