Men's golf opens season by breaking school, tournament records

Two freshman standouts lead team to second-place finish at Mid Pines Intercollegiate Golf Tournament | September 10, 2003

The Xavier men’s golf team got their season off to a record-breaking start thanks to two new freshman players. Jason Kokrak and John Streibich led the team to a second-place finish at the season-opening Mid Pines Intercollegiate Golf Tournament at Southern Pines, N.C., on Monday and Tuesday. The freshmen’s team-leading scores tied for fourth in the tournament, with 54-hole scores of 6-under 210.

As a team, Xavier shot a school record 12-under 276 in Tuesday’s final round, establishing a new school record of 54 holes with a 28-under 836. That score is eight shots better than the Mid Pines Intercollegiate tournament record. The previous Xavier mark was 841, which was set at the 2001 Atlantic 10 Championship at Penn National Golf Club.

Kokrak, a two-time Ohio State Championship medallist, and Streibich, a native of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, both fired rounds of 67 during the tournament. The freshmen are just the seventh and eighth golfers in Xavier history to score a 67 or better.

Senior Miles Maillet tied for sixth, one shot behind his freshman teammates, with a 5-under 211. Junior Neal Grusczynski tied for eighth at 4-under 212, and senior Matt Makinson rounded out the scoring by tying for 19th with a 2-under 214.

As a team, Xavier entered Tuesday’s final round tied for second place with Wichita State University, just one shot behind the University of California. During two rounds on Monday, the Musketeers set a school record for 36 holes by shooting a 560.

Xavier finished the tournament four shots behind California, but 19 strokes ahead of fourth-place Wichita State. The University of Central Florida finished third with a score of 854.

A total of 14 teams participated in the tournament, including five 2003 NCAA Tournament teams. Xavier made the NCAA Tournament last spring after winning the Atlantic 10 Conference Championship for the second time in three years and the third time overall.

The Musketeer golfers are now idle until participating in the Northern Intercollegiate tournament in Ann Arbor, Mich., on Sept 20-21.