MALVERN, Pa. -- University of Delaware freshman Braden Shattuck earned medalist honors with a three-shot victory while the Blue Hens finished fifth in the team standings as the University of Delaware men’s golf team competed in the Villanova Wildcat Invitational on Monday and Tuesday.
Shattuck (at right), believed to be the first UD freshman to win a tournament title, fired a one over par 68-72-74-214 on the par 71, 7,055-yard course at White Manor Country Club to post the victory. He entered the day with a two-shot lead, and quickly opened his final round with a birdie on the first hole. After slipping to three over for the day through the front nine, Shattuck rebounded with seven pars and a birdie on 11 during an even par back nine as he posted the first victory by a Blue Hen since Greg Matthias won the CAA Championships last spring at nearby Wilmington Country Club.
Junior Dan Costenbader, playing as an individual, carded a 10 over par 81 during his final round to finish in a tie for 17th place with a 16 over par 71-77-81-229. Freshman Kyle Martin also posted an 81 on Tuesday, tying for 22nd place with a 77-73-81-231, 18 over par.
Senior Ben Conroy fired an eight over par 79 during Tuesday’s final round to tie for 26th place with a 19 over par score of 76-77-79-232, while sophomore Niño Rosal finished in a tie for 35th place after a six over par 77 on Tuesday ended his tournament at 78-79-77-234, 21 over par. Fellow sophomore Fraser Graham also carded a 77 in his final round, finishing the invitational tied for 54th place with a 25 over par 82-79-77-238. Rosal birdied 14 during Tuesday’s round, while Graham posted birdies on the seventh and 11th holes.
Freshman Tyler Cross carded a 13 over par 84 during his final round, finishing in a tie for 65th place with a 32 over par 84-77-84-245.
Temple claimed the 13-squad team title with a three-round score of 900, while Rhode Island finished second at 903 and Villanova and Georgetown tied for third at 905. The Blue Hens, who posted team rounds of 299 and 301 on Monday, fired a 307 score on Tuesday to finish fifth at 907.
Delaware returns to action this weekend when the Blue Hens compete in the Rhody Invitational at Green Valley Golf Club in Portsmouth, R.I. on Saturday and Sunday.