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Course-Record Performance Keeps Flames From Claiming JMU Invitational Title

October 11, 2005
|  Harrisonburg, Va.
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George Mason's Mike Kirby fired a course-record 10-under-par 61 on the final day to enable the Patriots to climb over the Flames and claim the James Madison Invitational title by one strokes, Tuesday afternoon, at the Lakeview Golf Course.

Liberty led the event after the first and second 18 holes on Monday by one stroke over host James Madison and George Mason. However, the Patriots bested the Flames by two strokes in the final 18 holes of competition as George Mason finished the event with a 16-under-par 836 (279-282-275), while Liberty fell one stroke short of the title as the Flames carded a 15-under-par 837 (279-281-277).

Both James Madison (285-276-278) and Drexel (285-273-281) finished the two-day tournament with a 13-under-par 839, while Villanova finished fifth with an 11-under-par 841 (288-283-270).

Kirby's record-breaking performance on the par-71, 6,517 yard course enable him to claim individual medalist honors with a 16-under-par 197 (66-70-61), while James Madison's Jay Lindell was four strokes behind with a 12-under-par 201 (66-69-66).

Liberty's Andrew Turner carded the best three rounds of his career as the senior finished the event in third place with an 11-under-par 202 (69-67-66).

Also helping the Flames to a second-place tournament finish was Parker McKoy, who finished tied for 14th with a three-under-par 210 (69-71-70), Raul Calvo, who finished tied for 20th with a one-under-par 212 (70-72-70), Peter Horstman, who finished tied for 38th with a four-over-par 217 (71-75-71) and Stephen Hawk, who finished in a tie for 64th place with a 14-over-par 227 (79-71-77).

The Flames return to the links next Monday and Tuesday as they host the Frank Landry Invitational at Poplar Grove Golf Course in Amherst, Va., for a two-day 54-hole event.

Team Results
1 George Mason Univ. 279 282 275 836 -16
2 Liberty University 279 281 277 837 -15
3 James Madison Univ. 285 276 278 839 -13
Drexel University 285 273 281 839 -13
5 Villanova University 288 283 270 841 -11
6 Belmont Abbey Coll. 286 278 281 845 -7
Western Carolina U. 280 284 281 845 -7
8 Delaware, U. of 281 284 283 848 -4
St. Bonaventure U. 286 282 280 848 -4
10 Longwood University 291 284 277 852 E
11 Cornell University 298 289 283 870 +18
12 Canisius College 295 294 291 880 +28

Liberty University 279 281 277 837 -15
3 Andrew Turner 69 67 66 202 -11
T 14 Parker McKoy 69 71 70 210 -3
T 20 Raul Calvo 70 72 70 212 -1
T 38 Peter Horstman 71 75 71 217 +4
T 64 Stephen Hawk 79 71 77 227 +14