Russell Wins Individual Title; Team Finishes Second
Sophomore Evan Russell birdied the 18th hole at the Bulls Bridge Golf Club in South Kent, Conn., Tuesday to put the wraps on his first individual medalist honor as a collegian. Russell carded a two-under-par 70 for Tuesday's final round to finish at 207 (-9) for the tournament, five strokes better than his nearest competitor.
As a team, the Hawks combined to shoot a 292 during the final round to finish second overall in the 17-team tournament with a three-round score of 877. Rutgers won the team championship with a final round of 284, its best round of the tournament, to finish at 868.
Russell led the Hawks with a final score of 207, which included shooting a 63 in the second round, tying the Bulls Bridge course record. The sophomore from Grantham, N.H., led the tournament field with 15 birdies over three rounds. Russell played his best on the course's par-fives, finishing seven strokes below par on those holes.
Along with Russell, sophomore William Betts and senior Addison Owens also finished in the tournament's top five. Betts finished second in the Hartford lineup overall, shooting an even-par 72 Tuesday to finish at 218 (+2) for the tournament and tie for fifth place. Also sharing a piece of fifth place was Owens, who carded a 73 Tuesday for a 54-hole score of 218. Owens entered the tournament as an individual and was the only individual to finish in the top 10.
Junior Dan Yustin had his best round of the tournament in the final round. Yustin posted a 71 over the final 18 to finish at 226. Fellow juniors Anthony Vecchiarelli and Wally Gonzalez finished the tournament with three-round scores of 227 and 237, respectively, to round out the Hartford lineup.