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Spaar Leads Eagles in Marlins Finale

jason spaar hits an iron shot

AHOSKIE, N.C. - Bridgewater College sophomore Jason Spaar demonstrated at the Marlins Invitational just how fickle the game of golf can be. After his highest collegiate round on Saturday, Spaar bounced back with a career low round of 70 on Sunday helping his squad shave thirteen strokes and leading them to a fourth place finish.

Spaar, who ended up posting the only sub-par round in the tournament, credited his putting early in the round and some swing adjustments later in the day with his success. "I used a new swing thought to help me stay focused during the round, and it definitely felt good to make a few putts today," said Spaar. Spaar opened his round with four straight one-putts, two of them to save par and two mid-range putts for birdie to create some momentum. Sparr added birdies on two par-5 holes to complete the career round, and he jumped from 32nd place all the way to eighth place among 53 competitors.

"I was really happy for Jason to have this breakthrough round on a challenging golf course, and especially after such a rough day yesterday," said head coach John Rogers. "He works hard on his game, goes about his business quietly, and definitely has the talent to do this regularly."

Junior Ronald Uszenski also helped Bridgewater move in the right direction on Sunday posting a 79. Senior Eugene Dillon continued his steady play, following Uszenski in with an 80. Dillon played his final nine in even par.

Sophomore Brendan Draughn had two days of solid ball striking at Beechwood Country Club, just giving up a few strokes on the challenging greens. His round of 82 was a two shot improvement from Saturday and rounded out the team's score of 311.

Freshman Seth Smallwood, who led the team on Saturday, shot 83 to close out his tournament with a two-day total of 161.

Senior Michael Gruver, playing as an individual, followed the team trend and reduced his first round score by eleven shots, posting an 81.

"While we were hoping to move up from the fourth spot today, I was glad to see most of the guys move in a positive direction and post a solid team score on a fairly challenging track," said Rogers. The Eagles finished in the field where they were ranked among the nine teams; Averett won the team championship.

The Eagles are back in action on April 5th at Camp Lejeune.