Bendsen leads as Flashes finish seventh in Columbus

Michael Mann

Sebastian Bendsen took advantage of finally having an outing with decent weather by having his best outing of the spring golf season at the Scarlet Course at Ohio State.

A five-over final round in the Robert Kepler Invitational couldn’t blemish the first two rounds Bendsen had of 71 and 69 on the par-71 course. The two-under total after two rounds left Bendsen tied for second to begin the final day and his final round put him into a tie for fourth place.

 Bendsen led team with an overall finish of three-over for the tournament, with No. 26 ranked Taylor Pendrith four strokes behind him. Cory Conners turned in his worst finish of the spring season, finishing +14 for the Invitational.

“Sebastian put together two great rounds and had a very good tournament. I’m happy for him,” head coach Herb Page said. “Other than that, we didn’t play very well.”

While the team’s results on the leaderboards weren’t as Coach Page would have liked, the weather proved to be the reason behind it.

“With the wind, the conditions were very difficult,” Page said. “And when it is windy like it was this weekend, you have to chip and putt better than we did.”

Georgia Tech placed in first for the Invitational, leading second place university of Alabama at Birmingham by 18 strokes. Kent finished 28 strokes behind Georgia Tech, capturing a seventh place finish.

The Flashes wrap up their regular season this weekend at the Boilermaker Invitational hosted by Purdue. With that in mind, Page hopes to finish much better than the team did in Columbus.

“Our guys left a lot of shots out on the golf course,” Page said. “No excuses. We have to keep working to get better.”

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