April 27, 2014
Patriot League Final Results
WEST POINT, N.Y. – On a day where the temperature and wind made the playing conditions less than ideal, Army freshman Peter Kim fired an even-par 70 in the final round to capture medalist honors at the 2014 Patriot League Championship at the West Point Golf Course. Kim shot a 1-under par, 209 during the 54-hole event, tying the second-best total in Patriot League Championship history. He was the only player to finish tournament under par.
The Black Knights finished in second place with a team score of 871 (+31). The Loyola Greyhounds captured the team championship with a three-round total of 861 (+21). Army was in fourth place after the first round with a team score of 295 (+15), but rallied to shoot a 280 (E) in the second 18 holes on Saturday. The Black Knights’ final round 296 (+16) was the second-lowest final round.
“The conditions were extremely difficult today, and we knew that pars were going to be good,” head coach Brian Watts said. “Unfortunately, we got off to a slow start, but we started making some birdies and putting up a lot of pars in the middle of the round. At the end of the day, it wasn’t good enough. The guys battled hard, and I’m proud how they played the last two rounds. We’re going to look at that first round and see we didn’t get the job done. We have a young team, and the future is bright, but this one is going to hurt. There is a lot of room for growth.”
Kim, who carded the lowest 18-hole score of the tournament with a 66 during the second round, earned both the Patriot League Most Outstanding Golfer and Most Outstanding Rookie Awards. Kim is the first player to win both trophies since the inception of the rookie award in 2005. He earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals where he will compete as an individual. He will find out his postseason fate in a selection show televised live on the Golf Channel on Monday, May 5 at 10 a.m.
“Peter’s 66 yesterday was special,” Watts said. “It gave him, and the team, a lot of momentum coming into today. We’ve always known that Peter and a few other guys have the potential to go low. Yesterday was a great time to post a low number and give himself a little edge going into today. It was nice to see him be able to stay focused. Coach (Rich) Brazeau did a great job walking with him all day and keeping his emotions level. For him to worth both awards is great. He works extremely hard and had to overcome a lot of adversity this past year. It’s nice to see it all come together.”
In addition to his two major awards, Kim also represented the Black Knights on the All-Patriot League First Team. Classmate Justin Pagila and sophomore Marcus Plunkett, the top Patriot League rookie in 2013, were both second-team selections. Pagila shot a 9-over par 219 to finish seventh, while Plunkett finished tied for eighth with an 11-over par 221.
Junior Robby Hill, senior Harrison Florence and sophomore Eric Peng finished 15th, tied for 16th and tied for 38th, respectively.
Kim’s victory marks the third time in the last four seasons that an Army player has captured the individual championship.
The Metuchen, N.J., native played the front nine at even par with bogeys on three and five countered with birdies on four and seven. After a bogey and seven pars, he made a birdie 4 on the final hole to finish the championship at 1-under par. Kim carded one only three rounds of even par or better in the final round.
Patriot League Most Outstanding Golfer: Peter Kim, Army
Patriot League Most Outstanding Rookie: Peter Kim, Army
Patriot League Coach of the Year: Chris Baloga, Loyola
All-Patriot League First Team: Peter Kim (Army), August Jonas (Navy), Matt Oshrine (Loyola), Jimmy Dengler (Loyola), Brendan Lemp (Loyola)
All-Patriot League Second Team: Carlos Kim (Lehigh), Justin Pagila (Army), Jared Mactas (Lafayette), Marcus Plunkett (Army), Harley Abrams (Lehigh)