PRINCEVILLE — Marquette University held off a late charge by host school Western Kentucky University to win the team championship at the 4th Annual Kauai Collegiate Cup at the Princeville Resorts Makai Golf Course on Saturday.
Heading into Saturday’s final round, Marquette was leading by six strokes over Eastern Michigan and the University of Iowa. Western Kentucky was fourth after Friday’s second round.
Western Kentucky’s Jared Topmiller took medalist honors by firing the best round of the tournament, a 5-under par 67, to finish at 4-under par (212) for the tournament.
The Golden Eagles had a 54-hole total of 878 (296-287-295), while Western Kentucky University took the team runner-up spot by closing with the days best round (289) to finish at 883.
Eastern Michigan’s Brad Pemberton was the individual runner-up with a score of 214 (2-under par) after Saturday’s action.
Joining Topmiller and Pemberton on the all-tournament team were Korey Mahoney of Eastern Michigan, Kyle Murphy and Joe Weber of Marquette, Bo Anderson of Iowa, and Kevin Moore of Akron.
Because of the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers comeback, the conclusion of the tournament was exciting.
The outcome was not decided until Marquettes Joe Weber, playing in the tournaments final group, finished his round with an even par 72, which staked the Golden Eagles to a five-shot victory.
The competition was played at the Makai courses Ocean and Lakes nines, which plays to 6,886 yards.
Designed by renowned golf course architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr., the Princeville Makai Course is ranked by Golf Digest as one of Americas Top 100 Golf Courses and one of the Worlds Top 50 Resort Courses.