GALLOWAY, N.J. –
On a bitter cold day with winds hitting 40 miles per hour at times, Temple Golf prevailed to win its second City 6 Championship in three years Saturday. The Owls bested 2017 champion Drexel and Saint Joseph's by six strokes for the win with redshirt senior John Barone
and senior Sam Soeth
among four golfers to tie for the individual title with 76s at the very challenging 6,804-yard, par-71 Galloway National Golf Club.
Recapping the Day
- Barone and Soeth each picked up their first career victories on the day. Soeth had two birdies over the 18 holes with Barone making one.
- It took a cold day with the temperature in the 40s all day, but the wind chill bringing it into the 30s, to cool off red hot senior Trey Wren. The Owl senior entered the day with a school record streak of five straight rounds in the 60s, but struggled with the conditions to finish with an 80. It was his worst round of the fall, but still good enough to tie for ninth among the 30 competitors.
- Redshirt junior Erik Reisner also carded an 80 to tie for ninth place, his best finish of season and second Top 10 showing.
- Senior Gary McCabe and sophomore Dawson Anders were one stroke back with 81s to tie for 11th overall.
- Temple shot a 28-over 312 on the day, six strokes better than Drexel and Saint Joseph's (318). Host Villanova was fourth (320) with La Salle (337) rounding out the field. Penn did not compete.
- SJU golfers Michael O'Brien and Thomas Lewis also tied for the individual lead with five-over 76s.
- Temple led the field with seven of the 24 birdies in the round. The Owls also had a tournament best 60 pars, nine better than Drexel.
- "We have co-champions with John and Sam which is fantastic and I am really happy for them," said Temple coach Brian Quinn. "As for the team, it is always nice to stake a claim of winning any tournament, but certainly the City 6 is special."
- "I think overall these were the worst conditions we faced as a program since I have been here, especially since this golf course is so demanding," added Quinn on the conditions. "We played in 40 mile an hour wind gusts and 42 degree temperature which felt like 32. I am really proud of our kids, just to be out there for five to six hours in this weather is a long day. Our kids really hung in there."