April 29, 2014
OKATIE, S.C. – DePaul sophomore Adrian Halimi carded one of the lowest rounds of the BIG EAST Conference Men’s Golf Championship which propelled the Blue Demons to a program-best third-place finish on Tuesday at the Callawassie Island Club.
The Blue Demons combined to shoot their lowest round of the tournament at 299 (+1) which moved the team up three spots on the leaderboard. Three Blue Demons – Jonathan Hewett (10th), Halimi (t11th) and Jan Juelicher (t14th) -- finished in the top 15 after solid rounds to close out the championship.
“I am very proud of how our guys came back from yesterday, especially Adrian (Halimi),” head coach Betty Kaufmann said.
“These guys really handled themselves with class the entire tournament and the difference today was that we sunk a bunch more puts. I look forward to seeing what this team can do in the future.”
St. John’s was crowned the league’s champion and will receive the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Red Storm tallied a team score of 882 (+18) and held off Marquette (892) by 10 strokes to win its first BIG EAST Championship since 1989. St. John’s senior Ryan McCormick was the tournament’s medalist after carding a 3-round total of 211 (-5).
Halimi finished the final round, five-under (67) which tied Georgetown’s Gregory Podufal for the tournament’s best round. The sophomore’s career round came with an impressive seven birdies and he did not bogey a hole on the back nine for the Blue Demons.
Halimi improved his score each day – carding rounds of 82, 77 and 67. The Tangerang Selatan, Indonesia native made Tuesday’s largest jump on the leaderboard – moving from tie for 30th into a tie for 11th place finish.
Hewett, who led DePaul throughout the championship, carded a three-over 75 on Tuesday and took home 10th place. The freshman becomes just the sixth ever Blue Demon to place in the top 10 at the BIG EAST Championship.
Juelicher finished in a tie for 14th place and carded his lowest round of the tournament on Tuesday. The junior shot a one-over 73.
James Lelliott carded an 81 and finished the tournament in a tie for 26th.
Moritz Ackerhans finished in a tie for 31st after recording a 75 on Tuesday. The senior carded rounds of 74, 87 and 75 in his final tournament as a Blue Demon.
For his career, Ackerhans boasted a career stroke average 75.55 and tallied five top 10 finishes including three this season. He also led the Blue Demons in scoring in 10 tournaments in her career with five coming in 2013-14.
Ackerhans competed in three BIG EAST Championships with his top finish coming in 2013 when he finished tied for 22nd. The Kiel, Germany native is on track to graduate in June with a degree in finance and a minor in accounting.
DePaul finishes its 2013-14 campaign with four top five finishes. The Blue Demons best finish was a second place finish at the Carlton Oaks Invitational, Feb. 10-11.
The Blue Demons will lose seniors – Mark Sanchez, Alex Lloyd and Ackerhans -- for next season, but return four of the five golfers who played at the BIG EAST Championship.
Notes: DePaul's best BIG EAST finish is its third place finish in 2014… previous finishes included fifth place (2007), sixth (2013), seventh (2011, 2009, 2008), eighth (2006) and 10th (2012)... Michael Furci owns DePaul's top finish with a tie for fifth-place in 2010... Greg Doherty holds DePaul's best BIG EAST Championship score with a tournament total of 214 (-2) in 2007... Doherty finished in a tie for eighth in 2007... Maximilian Mayer and Ben Westley each finished in the top 10 in 2011... it marked the first time two DePaul golfers finished in the top 10 at the BIG EAST Championship... Mayer was eighth and Westley ended in a tie for 10th... five DePaul golfers have finished in the top 10 with Doherty (2007), Furci (2010), Mayer (2011), Westley (2011) and Pavelko (2013), who tied for seventh.