Justin Martinson Looks To Defend Individual Title as Blue Hens Compete in CAA Golf Championships This Weekend
April 21, 2011
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PINEHURST, N.C. -- Blue Hen senior Justin Martinson will look to defend his conference individual crown when the University of Delaware men’s golf team competes in the 2011 Colonial Athletic Association Championships this Friday through Sunday at The Pinehurst Resort.
The league’s 11 teams will compete on the par 72, 7,092-yard Pinehurst No. 8 Course, with the winning team and possibly the individual champion earning a bid to the NCAA Championships. The 55 players will play one round on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, opening with split tees on each day.
Six differenct squads have won the CAA Championships since the 2005 season, including last year’s champion Towson. Martinson captured the individual title in 2010 at The Homestead, carding a three over par 69-72-72-213 to post a four-shot victory and earn a spot in the NCAA Regionals.
Delaware finished sixth place in the team standings a year ago, and recorded its highest finish of fifth place in 2006. This season the Blue Hens have won team titles at the Navy Fall Classic and the Villanova Wildcat Invitational, and have placed among the top five in two others tournaments this season.
Martinson leads the Blue Hens with a 73.76 average round this year, as the senior earned medalist honors at the Lincoln Mercury Intercollegiate while notching second place finishes at both the Navy Fall Classic and the C&F Bank Intercollegiate hosted by William & Mary.
Fellow UD senior Kevin McLister has also had an outstanding season for the Blue Hens, ranking just behind Martinson with a 73.92 average round. McLister captured the individual title at the Wildcat Invitational when he opened with a career-best 66, and was sixth at the Lincoln Mercury Intercollegiate.
Juniors Stephen Scialo and Greg Matthias will also be key contributors for Delaware this weekend. Scialo has averaged 76.96 shots per round during this season, and finished a season-best eighth at Villanova. Matthias is averaging 77.24 strokes per round, also posting his best finish at Villanova by placing eighth.
Following the CAA Championships, Delaware will close out its 2010-11 regular season on Saturday, April 30 when the Blue Hens compete in the Cavalier Classic hosted by the University of Virginia.