Hoyas stun Big East, win conference crown
Special guest Vincenzo Salina, a senior at Georgetown, joins Ringler and Wildman to discuss conference championship madness.
Georgetown senior Vincenzo Salina made an 8-foot par putt on the 18th hole Tuesday at Innisbrook Resort to lead the Hoyas to a one-shot victory at the Big East Championship.
Georgetown, No. 211 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, last won the conference title in 1998.
“For a little program like ours, we were the 11th seed of our tournament, it’s just unbelievable,” said Georgetown coach Tommy Hunter, who is in his 25th year with the program.
A day after shooting 2-over 286 – the Hoyas’ best round in more than two years – Georgetown closed with a 293 at the Copperhead Course in Palm Harbor, Fla., to finish at 21-over 873. No. 84 Notre Dame (286) was second at 874 and No. 80 Louisville (289) was third at 876.
It was the second conference title in program history and first conference crown in any sport for Georgetown since the men’s cross country team won the league title in 2008.
The victory was even sweeter for Salina, who made a 25-birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff to win the individual title. Salina had finished in a four-way tie for first at 2-over 215 with St. John’s Evan Beirne, and Norte Dame’s Max Scodro and Tom Usher.
Andreas Huber was last Hoya to win the Big East individual title (1998).
“I think that it’s a lot harder now to do what we did,” Hunter said. “When we won it in 1998, the conference was just beginning to get strong. The way it is now, it’s so hard to win.”
Prior to capturing the Big East Championship, Georgetown’s sixth-place finish at the John Dallio Memorial in September was the team’s best result of the 2009-10 season.