Men's Golf - Tue, Mar. 27, 2012

FRENCH LICK, Ind. - The Indiana University East men's golf team finished tied for 12th at Indiana Tech Thrill at The Hill on March 26 and 27 at The Donald Ross Course in French Lick, Ind.

The Red Wolves finished with a two-day score of 675 on the par 70, 6,822-yard course.

Illinois Wesleyan won the tournament with a two-day score of 610.

Red Wolves redshirt freshman Joey Smart (Brookville, Ind./Morehead State University) finished 27th in the 87-player field with a two-day score of 159, including a 77 in the final round.

"Joey Smart had a breakout round, shooting the best score of his short college career," Ebeling said. "I'm pleased he decided to transfer to IU East and I look for him and Luke (Warren, IU East's top golfer during the fall season) to take charge of this team."

Illinois Wesleyan's Stefan Johnson was medalist with a 149.

"This course has beaten all of the players in the tournament for two days, with no one shooting par," Ebeling said.

The Donald Ross Course was the site of the 1924 PGA Championship.

"It is a very difficult course that demands a lot out of you," said freshman Cam Brower (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll High School), who finished with a two-day score of 174. "You can't afford many mis-hits because it's difficult to recover. The rough isn't long but it's extremely thick and hard to swing your club through."

Added freshman Luke Warren (Vallonia, Ind./Brownstown Central High School), who shot a 167: "I agree. On hole No. 15, the rough caught my club and my hands kept moving forward, causing me to tweak my wrist."

IU East competes at the Berea College Spring Tee-Off March 30 and 31.

"Having gained the experience of playing this type of course has motivated our team to look forward to competing against our KIAC opponents at Berea later this week," Ebeling said.

Thrill at the Hill results