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Indiana men’s golf finishes ninth in Boilermaker Invitational

<p>Eric Berggren is seen taking a shot during a match. Indiana will next play at the Kepler Intercollegiate on April 23-24 in Columbus, Ohio.</p>

Eric Berggren is seen taking a shot during a match. Indiana will next play at the Kepler Intercollegiate on April 23-24 in Columbus, Ohio.

In its first team event in over a month, Indiana men’s golf finished in ninth out of 14 teams in the Boilermaker Invitational this weekend at the Ackerman-Allen Golf Course in West Lafayette, Indiana.

The Hoosiers played their second event in West Lafayette this season after they won the Purdue Fall Invitational in October. This time, Indiana barely finished in the top 10.

The first 36 holes were played Saturday, and Indiana sat in a tie for sixth with Miami University after shooting 296 in each of the first two rounds, for a total of 24-over 592.

Senior Mitch Davis led Indiana on Saturday with a team-low score of 141 after a round of 2-under 69 and a round of 1-over 72 to finish day one tied for sixth place. Davis was one of 12 players in the entire field to break a score of 70 or lower, as he logged five birdies in the first round and added another birdie in the second round on the 11th hole to jump into the top 10.

Davis shot 75 on day two, recording just one birdie on the first hole to finish in a tie for 11th, the best of any Hoosier. The team shot a 301 combined to finish with an overall score of 41-over 893.

Related: [Dominant third round boosts Indiana women’s golf to fourth-place finish at IU Invitational]

Senior Harry Reynolds and sophomore Drew Salyers each shot 74 on Sunday. Reynolds progressively got better over each round, and topped it off with three birdies on his first nine holes in the final round to finish tied for 47th overall. Salyers birdied four holes — two on the front nine and two on the back nine — and ended up tied for 37th overall with a total score of 12-over 225.

No. 51 Indiana was one of three competing teams ranked inside the top-60 of the latest GolfWeek rankings, behind eventual champions No. 21 University of Illinois and host No. 32 Purdue University. The Hoosiers have had problems playing up to its rankings in the past. This trend continued this weekend as the team finished behind six unranked schools.

Indiana’s final regular season event of the spring is in two weeks, when the team will travel to the Columbus Country Club in Columbus, Ohio to partake in the Kepler Intercollegiate on April 23-24.

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