The University of Louisville might want its fall men’s golf season to extend a few more weeks after its performance across the ocean.
Finishing with the best overall performance in school history, the Cardinals closed out its fall season by winning the Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational at the Makai Golf Club at a school record 56-under-par, and watching two players demolish school records in posting top three finishes.
As a team, the Cardinals won their second tournament of the fall — also winning the Louisville Cardinal Intercollegiate in late September.
Shooting 15-under-par on Tuesday, which was remarkably the highest during the three-day event, the Cardinals won the tournament by going wire-to-wire to win by nine strokes over San Diego State.
Collectively, the Cardinals set a school mark for lowest 54-round score by firing 266-269-273=808. Louisville raced out of the gates in the first round by shooting 22-under par and cared a 19-under-par on Monday.
Simon Zach, a junior from the Prague, Czech Republic, won his first-ever tournament by shooting a school record 21-under-par 195, finishing at 66-63-66 – two strokes ahead of Missouri’s Hayden Buckley at 197.
Heading into the final round just two shots off the lead, Zach recorded five birdies and eagled No. 18 to pick up the first win for the Cardinals this fall.
Freshman Matthias Schmid would have shattered a school record if Zach didn’t beat him to the punch. Schmid, a native of Germany, posted his best finish by placing in a tie for third place with his 66-66-666=198 – 18-under-par for the three-day event.
Senior Nicolas Platret tied for 13th-place with his top performance by carding a 9-under par 65-72-70=207, while junior Keegan de Lange was tied for 21st by shooting a 7-under-par 69-68-72=209.
Erik Dulik rounded out the top five by placing in a tie for 41st with a 3-under par 70-72-71=213.
by Rocco Gasparro