Owls Lose Ground in the Absence of Matthews

After the final day of the Hartford Hawk Invitational at Bull’s Bridge Golf Club in South Kent, Connecticut, Temple men’s golf found itself at the bottom of the leaderboard finishing 20th out of the 20 teams that competed.

On Tuesday, the Owls were without senior All-American Brandon Matthews and it showed. Matthews pulled a muscle in his back early in the second round on Monday forcing him to withdraw from the remainder of the tournament.

In his absence, the team put together its worst performance out of the three rounds with a total team score of 335.

In his first tournament as an Owl, freshman recruit Trey Wren placed the highest in a tie for 57th. He carded a final round eight-over-par 80 to complete his first start for Temple.

Sophomores John Barone and Mark Farley carded scores of 85 and 87, respectively. Barone finished the tournament in a tie for 89th and Farley finished in a tie for 100th.

Freshman Gary McCabe ended his debut with a final round 83, placing him in 103rd.

Connecticut won the tournament with 853 total strokes, which equates to an eleven-under-par team total. The Huskies won by a total of 13 strokes over Central Florida.

The Owls will look to improve on the poor start to their season when they tee it up in the Quechee Club Collegiate Challenge in Quechee, Vermont from September 26th until September 27th.

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