Whelan ties for 18th in Florida golf tournament, team wins at Utica
Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - 8:04 am

St. Lawrence University sophomore Jack Whelan finished tied for 18th in the 78 player Terra Cotta Invitational at Naples National Golf Club in Florida on Saturday.

The tournament, one of the top amateur tournaments for college players and juniors, was a 54-hole event and includes current pros Matt Kuchar and Sean O'Hair among its top finishers.

Whelan began the final round of the tournament alone in seventh place, but fell off the pace with a five over 77. He finished four-over par for the tournament, starting competition with a two-under 70 and shooting a one-over 73 on Friday. He was one of four players at 220 for the three-round event and was tied with Garrett Rank, younger brother of former Saint golf star and hockey captain Kyle Rank, who has been individual champion at the SLU Invitational.

Whelan is the first SLU player to participate in the prestigious tournament.

The Saint team also had a successful weekend, winning the Utica College Invitational on Sunday.

The Saints' "A" team shot a best four of six score of 318 for a 12-shot win over the University of Scranton while a second Saint team was fifth with a 344 total in a nine-team field.

Jack Reardon led the winning Saint team with a 77 on the Skenandoa Golf Club in Clinton while Brandon Lustig carded a 78. Jeff Duggan shot 80 and Graham Niles and Chris Mudge each carded 83 with Brady Garrett shooting 101. Sam Cregg shot 85, Michael Phelan and Alex Kuno shot 86, Jake Danforth an 87 and Colin Dowd and Justin Ward shot 93 for the other Saint team in the tournament.

The Saints will return ot action at the NYU Invitational on Saturday and Sunday.