Oct. 24, 2011
HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. — The St. John’s men’s golf team finished in third place after posting a team score of 291(+3) in the third round. Sophomore Pat Wilson led the way for the Red Storm, shooting a 70(-2) to finish in a tie for 10th place.
“We played a lot better today,” head coach Frank Darby said. “We let a really great round slip away with, but it was still a very good day for us.”
Senior Mark Costanza finished in 12th place after shooting a 73(+1) in the third round. Early in the round, Costanza was struggling to just make par, finishing with three on the day, but a long streak of birdies on the back nine brought him back to a solid round.
“It was going bad, I thought I was going to shoot about 90, then I birdied 8-12, and I was two over at that point,” Costanza said. “Then I was faced with a shot on 14 where I had a small opening through the trees, so I took a chance, and it worked out, and I birdied the next two.”
Costanza said that string of holes changed his perspective on his round and helped propel him to the 12th place finish.
“After I got back to even par, I was appreciating the game a lot,” Costanza said. “The reason I love golf it’s a lot like life. Things can be going bad, and then you can string together a few great things, and it changes everything, and you can still come out on top.”
Freshman Dylan Crowley had his best round of the year with a one-over 73.
“I hit the same amount of greens in my final round as I did in my first two rounds combined,” Crowley said. “What really made it a great round was my approach shot on 17, nicknamed ‘The Devil’s Delight’, a 250-yard shot over water that would only get on the green one out of every five times.”
Up next for the Red Storm is the Kiawah Intercollegiate at Turtle Point Golf Club (Kiawah, S.C.) Oct. 31-Nov. 1, which will be the final tournament of the fall for the Red Storm.
“The whole Kiawah experience is great, as is the city of Charleston,” Darby said. “They’ve got a really good field this year, and a great golf course.”
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