Blue Tigers Take Sixth at Drury Pasta House Classic
SPRINGFIELD, MO -- Eric Kosmatka and Jacob Sanbothe each shot a 78 in the final round of the Drury Pasta House Classic, leading the Lincoln men's golf team to a sixth-place finish in the two-day tournament. The tourney was hosted by Drury University and played from April 23-24 at the Rivercut Golf Course in Springfield, Missouri.
Kosmatka was the top individual finisher for Lincoln, tying for 19th overall after shooting rounds of 81 and 78 for a combined score of 159, 15-over par. Sandbothe finished right behind him, shooting an 82 in the first round before ending the second day with a 78 for a 16-over par score of 160. Sandbothe tied for 21st in the individual leaderboard. Sandbothe scored par on 20 holes during the tournament, tied for the eight-most among any individual competing in the classic.
Steven Mallow took 24th, following an 84 on the first day with a 79 on the second. He led Lincoln with five birdies during the tourney, finishing with a combined 19-over score of 163. Mallow also led the field in par-five scoring, finishing the tournament two-under on holes where par was five strokes. Mallow, Sandbothe and Kosmatka each finished three-over on holes where par was three strokes, finishing in a tie for the seventh-best on the leaderboard.
Also representing Lincoln at the Drury Pasta House Classic were Kyle Brennaman, who shot rounds of 83 and 86 to finish with a combined score of 169, and Jordan Morris, who ended the tournament with a score of 173 after firing rounds of 86 and 87.
Lincoln had a combined team score of 651 after shooting a 330 on the first day and a 321. The nine-stroke improvement between days was the best of any team in the field. Lindenwood won the tournament (308, 305 = 613, +37), edging out host Drury, which took second (311, 303 = 614, +38), and Sioux Falls, which placed third (306, 309 = 615, +39). Quincy finished fourth (309, 310 = 619, +43) while Southwest Baptist came in fifth (315, 310 = 625, +49).
The Drury Pasta House Classic represented the end of the regular season for the Blue Tigers, which will finish their 2011-12 season at the Minority College Championship. That four-day tournament, hosted by the PGA, will be held in Port St. Lucie, Florida from May 10-13.