Furci Takes Fifth in BIG EAST Championship
PALM HARBOR, Fla. - Michael Furci led the DePaul golf team in the BIG EAST Conference Championship with a team-low score of 216 (+3) to finish in a tie for fifth and just one stroke behind the leaders. The fifth place finish by Furci is the best finish by any Blue Demon in BIG EAST Championship play.
Furci was the championship leader after first and second round scores of 69 and 71. However, Furci posted a score of 76 to finish the championship at Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club.
Ben Westley posted a final score 227 (+14) and finished tied for 37th. Greg Doherty finished just one shot behind Westley in a group in 41st with scores of 228 (+15). Charles Boucher finished tied in 59th with a score of 239 (+26) and Russell Budd finished alone in 55thwith a score of 234 (+21). Both, Budd and Boucher recorded their best 18 hole scores of the championship on the final day, Budd with a 76 and Boucher with a 79. The Blue Demons shot a combined score of 905 over the three days to finish in 12th overall.
Georgetown claimed the BIG EAST Championship team title with a three-round score of 873 (+21) and was followed by Notre Dame at 874 (+22). Three rounds was not enoughfor the individual title as, St. John's Evan Beirne, Georgetown's Vincenzo Salina and Notre Dame's Max Scodro and Tom Usher all tied with a three-round score of 215 (+2). In the playoff, Salina made a birdie on the first hole to claim medalist honors.
Furci's fifth-place finish is the best showing by a DePaul golfer at the BIG EAST Championship since Doherty finished a tie for eighth in 2007. Doherty totaled a two-under score of 214 in 2007 and is the only other top 10 performance by a Blue Demon.