April 30, 2013
BIG EAST Championship: Final Results
ORLANDO, Fla. – Led by John Pavelko’s seventh place finish, the DePaul golf team took sixth place at the BIG EAST Championship on Tuesday at the Watson Course at the Reunion Resort. DePaul’s sixth place finish is the program’s highest since the Blue Demons captured fifth place honors in 2007.
Saving its best for last, DePaul combined for an 883 during the three-day championship which is its lowest tournament score of the season while its 291 final-round score was also a season best. The Blue Demons’ previous best was an 888 which they carded at the Ram Masters Invitational to begin the 2012-13 season.
Playing in his final outing as a Blue Demon, Pavelko started his day with an eagle on the first hole and was four-under heading into the back nine. The Blue Demon senior carded a career-best 70 in the final round of the BIG EAST Championship and finished the tournament, one over. Pavelko’s career-low 217 for the championship tied for seventh place with Louisville’s Gus Lundquist and No. 94 Robin Sciot-Siegrist while St. John’s Pat Wilson rounded out the quartet knotted in seventh place.
Pavelko, who started the final round in a tie for 16th, becomes the fifth Blue Demon golfer to finish in the top 10 and the first since 2011.
Three shots separated DePaul’s next three finishers. Moritz Ackerhans and Russell Budd each shot a 73 on the final round while Adrian Halimi carded a 75 on Tuesday. Ackerhans finished tied for 22nd and was five over for the tournament. Halimi was one stroke behind and tied for 25th. Budd, who was playing in his final tournament for the Blue Demons, took 31st.
Budd improved throughout the tournament and carded rounds of 76, 74 and 73. He played 30 rounds this season and boasted a team-best 75.13 stroke average. During his career he boasted 12, top 25 performances.
Moritz Hausweiler rounded out the DePaul contingent and carded his best round of the championship – a 76 on Tuesday, to tie for 44th.
South Florida won its first BIG EAST Championship title with a score of 858 (-6) and St. John’s followed in second with 862 (-2). Notre Dame (864), who has won the last two conference titles, took third and Louisville (866) was fourth. UConn was three shots in front of the Blue Demons at 880 and Marquette was seventh at 891.
Cincinnati’s David Tepe claimed the individual title and finished the tournament -8.
The Blue Demons closed out the season strong including a pair of top six finishes to end the season.