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Wilmington Golf Finished 14th at the 63rd Annual SoCal Intercollegiate Championship to Open 2013

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - Mission Viejo, Calif.

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Senior Nick Mafale led the Wildcats at the 63rd SoCal Intercollegiate, shooting a 238 (+25) and coming in 46th. Copyright 2013; Wilmington University. Photo credit: Paul Patton. All rights reserved.

The Wilmington University golf team finished its first tournament of the 2013 season, coming in 14th at the 63rd SoCal Intercollegiate Championship at the Mission Viejo Country Club, hosted by the University of California San Diego on Tuesday afternoon.

The second round was called to darkness late Monday afternoon, with the round being finished early Tuesday morning, followed by the final round of play in Southern California. Mission Viejo Country Club is a 71 par course, coming in at 6,814 yards which was built in 2008.

Senior Nick Mafale led the Wildcats over the two day, three-round tournament, shooting a 78-82-78 for a combined 238. Mafale finished the tournament with 29 pars, finishing tied for 20th among the 88 golfers on even scores. He was tied for 46th on the final leaderboard on Tuesday.

Freshman Andreas Lunding shot the lowest score of the tournament for the Wildcats, but couldn’t top his first round score of 77, shooting a 79 and an 86 in the final two rounds to finish with a 242. The freshman finished one under par on Par 5 holes this week, shooting an average 4.89 shots on the three holes of the course. His first round eagle was also only one of 13 eagles in the two day tournament. He finished tied for 55th overall.

Junior Andrew Baldo finished with his best round, shooting a 79 in the third round to combine for a 246 score. He went 81-86-79 in the three rounds, finishing in a tie for 65th. Baldo knocked in eight birdies in the three rounds, tied for seventh best among the tournament participants.

Senior PJ Tighe came in 67th overall going 83-79-85 for a three round score of 247. Junior Tomasz Pulsakowski rounded out the Wildcat scoring, shooting an 86-83-85 for a three round score of 254. The transfer student also shot an average of 4.89 on the three Par 5 holes this week, finishing one under par overall.

Playing as individuals in the tournament, junior Jerry Temple shot a 78-83-79 for a 240 total, tying for 50th overall on the leaderboard. Sophomore Matt DiEleuterio came in 74th with a three round score of 84-90-81 (255).

Abilene Christian’s Alex Carpenter earned medalist honors at the 63rd Annual SoCal Intercollegiate Championship, finishing as the only student-athlete to come in under par, shooting a 72-72-63 for a tournament low 207 (-6). CSU-Monterey Bay’s Jered Stone shot a 74-75-67 for a 216 score, coming in three over par for second while CSU-Stanislaus’s Rob Damschen rounded out the podium with a 69-77-71 for a 217 and four over par score.

CSU-Stanislaus, ranked 16th in the latest Golf World/Nike Golf Division II College Coaches’ Poll, won the tournament for the second year in a row, winning by three strokes over CSU-Monterey Bay. Grand Canyon finished third overall followed by the fifth ranked team in Abilene Christian finishing fourth. Central Oklahoma and Belmont Abbey tied at 66 over par to round out the top five teams.

Wilmington has little time to recuperate from its cross country flight this week as the Wildcats turn around and will compete at the Bayside Invitational hosted by Dowling College in Bethany, Del., starting this coming Friday.