College Men

Robert Morris, Fairleigh Dickinson win Lonnie Barton

Bryant's Joe Walp, right, won the Lonnie Barton Invitational men's individual title in a playoff.
Bryant's Joe Walp, right, won the Lonnie Barton Invitational men's individual title in a playoff. ( Photo by Cassie Stein )

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Robert Morris and Fairleigh Dickinson claimed the men’s and women’s titles, respectively, at the Lonnie Barton Invitational held at LPGA International on Tuesday.

The Colonials shot rounds of 298-296 in the two-day tournament for a 14-shot victory over Fairleigh Dickinson in the men’s division.

“We were ranked fifth in the conference and we like showing that we are there, and we have a great team this season, so we’re excited for the next month and a half,” Robert Morris junior Santiago Mejia said.

After 36 holes, Mejia and Bryant sophomore Joe Walp were tied at even-par 144 on the Hills course. Walp came away with the victory after two-putting from nearly 35 feet on the par-4 18th.

“I haven’t really thought about it, but it definitely feels good,” said Walp of his first collegiate victory.

On the women’s side, Fairleigh Dickinson tamed the par-72, 5,971-yard Jones course for its first victory of the season. The team shot 309-319. The team was led by senior Mariana Juaristi, who shot 75-76 to finish in second place. Sacred Heart’s Kelsey Hayward also shot 7 over and won on the first playoff hole.

St. Francis finished in second place, 12 shots behind the Knights.

The men’s and women’s NEC Championships will be played on the same two courses at the end of April.