DePaul Moves Up to Sixth in Final Round
April 22, 2012
MUNCIE, Ind. – Russell Budd and Ben Westley posted top 25 finishes to lead the Blue Demons at the Earl Yestingsmeier Invitational. After starting the day in ninth place, the Blue Demons moved up to sixth for the best finish of the spring season.
Westley finished in a tie for 20th after firing a two-over 73 in the third round. He posted a tournament total of 224 (+14) in his fourth top 25 finish of the season. After starting his tournament with a seven-over score of 77, Westley came back strong with a combined seven-over par score in the final two rounds with scores of 74 and 73.
Budd was a shot behind Westley in a group in 22nd place. He recorded a 77 in the third round to finish with a tournament total of 225 (+15). Budd carded rounds of 71 and 77 on Saturday before his final round on Sunday that saw him finish in the top 25 for the fourth time this season.
Mortiz Ackerhans posted a tournament score of 229 (+19) with rounds of 77 and 74 on Saturday followed by a 78 over the final 18 holes. Ackerhans finished in a tie for 39th place with two other competitors.
John Pavelko, Jan Juelicher and Brad Stephens rounded out the field for the Blue Demons. Pavelko was tied for 46th, Juelicher finished in a group in 59th and Stephens was tied for 74th place. Pavelko posted a score of 232 following his final round of 79 and Juelicher carded a one-over score of 71 on Sunday to finish at 235. Stephens shot an 83 in his third round for a tournament total of 238.
DePaul travels to Orlando, Fla., for the BIG EAST Championship next weekend. Play starts on Sunday, April 29 at Reunion Resort and features three rounds over three days. A year ago, the Blue Demons finished in a tie for seventh while Maximilian Mayer and Ben Westley marked the first time that two DePaul golfers finished in the top 10. Mayer placed eighth while Westley was tied for 10th.