McCormick, St. John's go wire-to-wire, sweep Big East men's golf crowns at Callawassie

sports@islandpacket.comApril 29, 2014 

Ending a drought that had lasted a quarter century, St. John's won the Big East men's golf championship on Tuesday at the Callawassie Island Club in Okatie.

Red Storm senior Ryan McCormick claimed the individual crown.

St. John's, which won for the first time since 1989, won the league's automatic berth to the NCAA Men's Golf Championship.

St. John's rode its top three golfers -- McCormick, Ben Ludlam and Dylan Crowley -- while all five Red Storm players placed in the top 30. St. John's led the team standings from Day 1.

"It was a great battle out there with Marquette -- they really put a scare into us in the middle of the round," St. John's head coach Frank Darby said after seeing the Golden Eagles pull within two strokes on the back nine on Tuesday."

"I am proud of my guys. Sometimes it's difficult being the front runner and playing with the lead. We love this course and Callawassie has been a great host," Darby said.

McCormick grabbed the individual lead Monday with a 3-under 69 and never gave it up. Xavier's Yuki Kato and Gregory Podufal tied for second with a score of 3-over 219. Marquette's Brandon Cloete and Georgetown's Ed McCrossen shared fourth place with a score of 5-over 221.

Marquette (892) finished 10 strokes behind St. John's and DePaul (899) was third. Fourth, fifth and sixth place was separated by just three strokes. Georgetown (908) took fourth, Xavier (910) and Seton Hall (911) rounded out the top six.

Butler (939), Villanova (954) and Creighton (957) rounded out the tournament field in seventh, eighth and ninth place, respectively.

DePaul's Adrian Halimi tallied the low-round on Tuesday -- a 67,tying Podufal for the lowest round of the tournament. Podufal's 67 came on Monday.

The crown is the Red Storm's 10th team title, while McCormick's individual championship is the eighth by a St. John's player.

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