The round was the best in the 2012-13 season for the Red Storm, who had four players finish in the top 11. This marks the best finish for St. John’s since the 2001 season, when Head Coach Frank Darby also led his team to runner-up honors.
For the second straight day, four of the Red Storm’s five players went under par at the Tom Watson course. On Tuesday, it was Dylan Crowley who was the low man as he carded three birdies on the front and two on the back to just two bogeys on the round for a 69(-3) to finish tied for 11th.
Pat Wilson posted his second-straight 70(-2) as the senior, playing in his final Big East Championships, was bogey-free and four-under through 12 holes on his way to tying for seventh.
Classmate Ryan Gay, who was playing in his first and only conference championships, was two over at the turn on Tuesday, but posted four birdies on the back, including ones on each of the final two holes for his third-straight round under par to finish fourth.
“We played well today, it just wasn’t quite enough,” Gay said. “We needed to play the par-5s better to give ourselves a chance. Having all four players go under par in back-to-back rounds is a big accomplishment, just not quite enough to get the win.”
Junior Ryan McCormick secured his second-straight top-10 finish at the Big East Championships as he started off two over, but birdied four of his final 11 holes for a 71(-1) to finish sixth.
The Red Storm kept the pressure on USF all day, but the Bulls were able to pull away as four players went bogey-free on the back nine to edge St. John’s by four. Cincinnati’s David Tepe led through all three rounds of the tournament to take home the Bearcats’ first-ever individual title.