SANTEE, Calif. Matt Krembel and Sam Walenz finished in a tie for 23rd as the Army golf team opened its spring season with an eighth-place finish at the Carlton Oaks Invitational, Monday and Tuesday outside of San Diego.
Army, playing on grass for the first time this year, opened the tournament with a 310, shot a 304 to conclude the first day of competition and fired a final round 325 to finish at 939.
Point Loma Nazarene won the 11-team tournament with an 889, ahead of Drake (913) and Utah Valley State (920). Sam Cyr of the winning team and Michael Mulieri were co-medalists with tournament totals of three-over-par 219 at the Carlton Oaks Country Club.
“Our first two rounds were pretty good but today was real disappointing,” Army coach Jimmy Ray Clevenger said. “I was hoping we could hold our spot after the first day (fifth) or maybe step up a spot or two. To shoot that high of a score on the final day is really disappointing.”
Krembel opened the tournament with an even-par 72 and was tied for ninth with a 79 in his second. He shot an 81 Tuesday for a total of 232. Walenz improved four strokes in his second round and was tied for 13th with a 36-hole total of 152. His 80 during the final round led to a 232. Minou Pak also shot an 80 during the final round, after a pair of 77s to open the tournament. Pak finished in a tie for 29th with a 234. Joey Cave shot a two-over 74 during the second round and finished at 241 with an 83 and 84 around his 74. Matt Hanlon shot an 86-82-91 for a three-round total of 259.
Army will continue its spring season at the Birmingham Southern Spring Invitational Feb. 25-26 in Birmingham, Ala.
“Right now, my complete focus is to whittle down the team and get the right lineup as we make a final push for the last month of the season,” said Clevenger said. “Guys are going to have to step up and decide who is leading us at the end of the spring.”
Carlton Oaks Invitational
Carlton Oaks Country Club
1. Point Loma Nazarene 294-301-294889
2. Drake 302-310-303913
3. Utah Valley State 293-314-313920
4. Loyola (Md.) 303-310-309922
5. Redlands 314-305-314923
6. Western Illinois 308-320-305933
7. CSU-San Marcos 314-310-311936
8. Army 310-304-325939
9. Loyola (Ill.) 316-313-316945
10. North Dakota St. 314-322-316952
11. Bradley 312-322-323957
T23. Matt Krembel 72-79-81232
T23. Sam Walenz 78-74-80232
T29. Minou Pak 77-77-80234
T47. Joey Cave 83-74-84241
T63. Matt Hanlon 86-82-91259