PORTSMOUTH, Ohio –Behind Casey Castle’s second-place finish with a two-day total of 149 (76-73), the University of Pikeville men’s golf team finished second out of six teams at the Shawnee State Invitational on Saturday, March 15 at Elks Country Club.
Castle as tied for sixth place after Friday’s opening round, but bounce back to shoot the second lowest round of the day to move into second place by himself. Bluefield’s Tyler Browning took the individual title with a 145 (74-71).
The Bears finished second with 615 (307-308) total strokes, 15 off the pace of the winner, Bluefield, with a 600 (299-301). Spring Arbor (Mich.) rounded out the top three with a score of 621 (308-313), while host Shawnee State was fourth with a 641 (318-323).
Backing up Castle for UPIKE was Cody Walker in a tie for seventh overall after carding a 155 (74-81). Walker was in line for second place after the first 18 holes, but fell back seven strokes on Saturday. Will Boyd finished in the top 10 as well, tying for 10th place with a score of 156 (78-78).
Samuel McGuire posted the final counting score for Pikeville with a 157 (81-76) and Bradley Litzinger rounded out the group carding a 160 (79-81). UPIKE’s Kelly Porter led a group of seven players participating as individuals with a 157 (80-77), which was good for a tie for 12th place overall.
Castle led the invitational in par-three scoring at one over and in total birdies with eight.
Pikeville is back on the course on March 31-April 1 at the Mid-South Conference Spring Tournament at Lake Cumberland Golf Club in Jamestown.