Oct. 10, 2010
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The University of Kentucky men's golf team, along with sophomore Joseph Barr, wrapped up the final day of the Philadelphia Big 5 Invitational with top-five finishes on Sunday. The 36-hole tournament was played at Plymouth Country Club at par 70, with a yardage of 6610.
As a team, the Wildcats scored their best finish on the young season, ending tied for third with a score of 23-over-par 583. The top-three score is the best team finish for UK since finishing tied for second in the Hummingbird Intercollegiate last season. It also marked the 33rd top-three finish in the Brian Craig Era. Kentucky was tied for third with Princeton.
UK was also impressive individually as the only team to have two players finish in the top 10. Barr and senior Brian Belden led the Wildcats with Barr finishing in second with an even par 140. The native of Versailles, Ky., played mistake-free golf all day for UK, scoring three birdies and three bogeys for an even par 70 in the final round. The sophomore had five birdies total in the tournament, helping him grab his best career finish.
Belden was also impressive for Kentucky, finishing the tournament in a tie for ninth after a 2-over-par 72 in the second round. The native of Emmaus, Pa., had two birdies in the final round and ended the tournament with five birdies total. The top-10 score is the best of the season for Belden and his second consecutive top-15 finish.
Sophomore Chase Parker made a huge jump up the leaderboard on the final day, moving from 54th into a tie for 26th. Parker shot a 1-over-par 71 in the final round and ended the tournament with a 7-over-par 147, posting two birdies in the final round.
Sophomore Seth Blann and freshman Stephen Powers wrap up the UK rotation. Blann moved six spots up the leaderboard after a 7-over-par 77 in the second round and finished the tournament tied for 76th at 16-over-par 156. Powers was tied for 80th with a 17-over-par 157. Freshman Cody Martin, who played in the tournament as an individual, was tied for 92nd at 19-over-par 159.
Furman University took home the team title 14-over-par 574, followed by St. John's at 22-over-par. The individual title was won Matthew Broome of Furman at 7-under-par.
Kentucky will hit the course again on Oct. 23, playing in the UNCG Bridgestone Golf Collegiate.