Scialo Finishes Fourth While Blue Hen Men’s Golfers Tie For Second Place at Villanova Wildcat Invitational
April 3, 2012
• Tournament Results
MALVERN, Pa. -- The University of Delaware men’s golf team recorded a 298 team score on Tuesday to finish in a tie for second place out of 14 teams as the Blue Hens had an impressive showing at the Villanova Wildcat Invitational.
The Blue Hens, who carded a three-round total of 901, enjoyed their second best team finish of the year and their fourth top-three finish of the season. Ohio State captured the team title with an 890 score, while Delaware and St. John’s each tied for second at 901. The host Wildcats came in fourth place at 902, while Central Connecticut rounded out the top five at 910.
Delaware was led by senior Stephen Scialo (at right), who carded his third lowest round of the year by finishing at even par 71 on Tuesday on the par 71, 7,055-yard White Manor Country Club course. Scialo, who entered the day tied for 10th place in the individual standings, moved up to fourth place after concluding the tournament with a 10 over par score of 77-75-71-223. He opened his day with five consecutive pars, and after a bogey on 6, quickly rebounded to birdie 7 before two more pars put him even through the front nine. Scialo then birdied 13 and 17 during an even par back nine, finishing the round at 35-36-71.
Junior Ben Conroy also placed among the top 10 in the standings, finishing the tournament in a tie for sixth place with a 12 over par score of 73-76-76-225. Conroy birdied the second and eighth holes to finish the front nine at two over par, while a birdie on 10 highlighted a three over par back nine as he finished the day with a five over par 37-39-76.
Sophomore Corey Wagner carded a three over par 74 during his final round, finishing in a tie for 16th place with a 15 over par score of 80-74-74-228. Wagner was four over par through five holes on Tuesday, but after a birdie on 6, he recorded pars on the final 12 holes to finish the round three over par at 38-36-74.
Senior Greg Matthias fired a six over par 77 during Tuesday’s round to also tie for 16th place at the tournament at 76-75-77-228, 15 over par. Matthias birdied the sixth hole during his five over par front nine, and was seven over par through 13. However he rebounded with four pars and a birdie on 16 to finish his day at 40-37-77.
Freshman Fraser Graham, who withdrew from the tournament following Monday’s first round, came back on Tuesday to card an eight over par 79. Graham posted a birdie on 7 during a seven over par front nine, before responding with birdies on 13 and 16 during a one over par back nine to finish the round at 42-37-79.
Playing as an individual, sophomore Dan Costenbader produced the lowest round of his career and tied for the lowest by a Blue Hen this season with a three under par 68 on Tuesday, finishing in a tie for 23rd place with a 17 over par score of 82-80-68-230. Starting on the back nine, Costenbader was one over through his first four holes, but responded to fire four pars and a birdie on 16 to get to even par halfway through his round. He then birdied the first, fourth and sixth holes while recording six pars during a three under par front nine, ending the round at 32-36-68.
Freshman Niño Rosal had his best round of the tournament on Tuesday, firing a six over par 77 to finish in 67th place at the invitational. Rosal birdied the 11th and 12th holes while finishing the back nine at two over par, while birdies on 1 and 4 highlighted a for over par front nine as Rosal carded a 39-38-77 for the day.
Matthew Turner of Ohio State led the entire tournament, earning medalist honors with a seven shot victory after carding a one under par 72-68-72-212.
Delaware returns to action this Saturday and Sunday when the Blue Hens compete in the Penn State Rutherford Intercollegiate in State College, Pa.