MADISON, Ill. – SIUE golf coasted to a 19-shot win at their home tournament, the Derek Dolenc Invitational presented by DoubleTree completed Tuesday at Gateway National Golf Links. It is the second time in three years that SIUE has won the team title at the event.
SIUE bested a field of 17 teams to win the tournament. The Cougars finished at 841 for the tournament, breaking the school record for lowest 54-hole total.
"We had some much success this week, it really showed me a lot as a coach," SIUE Head Coach Derrick Brown said. "I can't overstate how happy I am and how proud I am of these guys in really showing up to play this week."
The Cougars led after all three rounds. SIUE carried a 13-stroke lead into the final round.
"It's still about going out and playing golf," Brown added. "We talked about keeping the pedal down and not being conservative. When you're conservative that's when you start to make some bogeys. We knew the golf course and we knew we could still shoot a good number again today."
UT Martin was second at 860, followed by Bradley at 861. Missouri State (868) and Iowa Western Community College (872) rounded out the top five.
Bradley's Ethan Brue shot a 205 (-8) to claim medalist honors. Iowa Western's Joel Durnford was second at 207 (-6).
For the Cougars, all five players in the lineup and two individuals finished inside the top 20. Connor Dore led the way. He finished fourth at 210 (-3). Austin Glendinning tied for sixth place at 212 (-1). Jordan Harre, playing as an individual, tied for eighth at even par (213). Kyle Slattery tied for 11th. He shot a 214 and tied his career-best with a 69 in Tuesday's final round. Danny Gorman tied for 13th at 215. Brady Dixon was 19th at 219. Will Starkey, also playing as an individual, tied for 20th at 220.
SIUE returns to the course Oct. 9-10 at UMKC's Bill Ross Invitational.