MacLean won medalist honors for the second time in his career.
Oct. 4, 2010
FT. MYERS, Fla. - Junior Sebastian MacLean fired a 4-under-par 68 in the final round to overtake the lead and help XU capture first place at the Renaissance Invitational. XU's final round of 7-under-par 282 was the lowest-round of the tournament by any of the 12 teams in the field. Xavier also led in several team and individual statistical categories. The Musketeers played at the par-72, 7,063-yard The Club at Renaissance.
The Musketeers were ranked No. 32 in the country by Golfstat entering into the competition. XU won by three strokes with a final score of 7-under-par 857. This win marks the first win for the Musketeers since the 2006-07 season where Xavier captured first place at the Air Force Academy Invitational in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Head coach Doug Steiner was excited with his team's performance. "I think we went out [in the final round] and just played golf," Steiner said. "We have been playing really well for some time and it was our time to win a tournament."
Xavier three-stroke victory came over Florida Gulf Coast University, who uses The Club at Renaissance as one of its home courses. "They were comfortable out there and were really hard to beat," Steiner said. "They are a really good team."
MacLean, who came into the tournament ranked No. 168 in the country by Golfstat, carded a tournament-low 4-under-par 68 in the final round to win by one stroke with a 7-under-par 209 over Georgetown's Curtis Loop.
Senior Peter O'Neill placed third after shooting three subpar rounds to end the tournament with a 4-under-par 212. This marks the second time this season and the fifth time in his career that the Carmel, Ind., native has placed in the top 10. O'Neill was tied for first individually for best par-3 scoring with a 2.83 average.
Senior Herbert Day was the third scorer for XU to finish in the top-10. Day shot a final-round score of 3-under-par 69 to end the tournament with a 1-under-par score of 215. Day has posted a top-10 finish in each of XU's three events this season, which brings his Xavier career top-10 total to five appearances. Steiner said of Day, "he is playing really consistenly right now which is great."
Several individuals competed well for Xavier throughout the tournament. Steiner was "proud of the effort put forth by the individuals." Junior Doug Steiner had a sensational tournament, ending in a tie for ninth place with a 1-over-par 217. Steiner was tied for first in the tournament with birdies, with 14, and was second in par-4 scoring with an average of 4.03.
Rookie Yuki Kato shot a final-round score of 2-over-par 74 to end the tournament with a 5-over-par 221 to tie for 23rd place. Sophomores Aaron Siekmann and Sean Luke finished in 35th and 42nd place with tournament totals of 225 and 227 respectively. Siekmann had his first-career hole in one on the No. 12 hole during the practice round. "It really got us excited and created some buzz for the rest of the week," Coach Steiner said. Junior Nic Helser carded a tournament-total 232, while sophomore Aidan Javed posted a 252.
Xavier had the best par-4 scoring of the tournament with a 4.19 average and posted the most pars with 167. The Musketeers were second in par-3 scoring with an average score of 3.05.
The Musketeers next compete in the Firestone Invitational to be held Oct. 11-12 in Akron, Ohio. Stay tuned to GOXAVIER.com for more information about Xavier men's golf.