Donohue’s Strong Finish Leads Santa Clara To Win at White Sands Bahamas NCAA Golf Invitational

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October 22, 2023 (Paradise Island, Bahamas)  Muzzy Donohue, a graduate senior from St. Paul, Minn., saved his best round for last, and it was enough to propel Santa Clara to the team title at the White Sands Bahamas NCAA Invitational. Donohue made five consecutive birdies on the back nine on his way to a 7-under-par 65 Sunday, helping the Broncos to finish 45 under par, four strokes ahead of North Texas and six ahead of St. Mary’s.

Muzzy Donohue, Santa Clara University

Santa Clara led after each of the three rounds in the 54-hole Invitational over the 7,099-yard par 72 Ocean Club Golf Course at Paradise Island, Bahamas, and had a different low scorer on each of the days. Donohue led his team at 12 under for the event, but it was three strokes behind Gareth Steyn of Georgia State. The sophomore from Australia posted a final round of 65 to take medalist honors at 15 under par, earning a spot in the PGA TOUR’s 2024 Puerto Rico Open in March.

Jeff Kwak, a freshman from La Mirada, Calif., helped the Santa Clara cause with a 66 Sunday, his lowest score of the three rounds. Nolan Forsman, a graduate senior from Larchmont, N.Y., also counted with his 68, and J.P. Odland, a freshman from Tiburon, Calif, who led or tied for the top individual spot after the first two days, added a 70.

“I was happy with the way I was playing, but I made a couple of costly mistakes the first two days. Today, I did a better job of staying in the present,” said Donohue. “I was happy to be starting on hole 4 today, because I knew that after I settled into the round, I would have some good birdie chances on the back nine.

“The views here are tough to beat,” continued Donohue. “It’s hard to be mad when you’re walking around this beautiful course, even after you make a bogey.” But Donohue didn’t have much to fuss about Sunday, as he only made one bogey.

“This was a full team effort and the best golf we’ve played in about 10 years,” said a happy Andrew Larkin, Santa Clara’s coach. “This is a first-class event. It felt like a TOUR event. It was a special experience to be sure. The kids want to stay, but we have to get them back for classes.”

Gareth Steyn, Georgia State

Southern Illinois finished fourth in the team standings at -25, and North Alabama and Jacksonville State were tied at -20. Georgia State was next at -16, while Wofford was at -6 and Wichita State was at +2.

There were 36 players who finished under par over the 54 holes, but none lower than Gareth, who went 67-69-65. “It will be a dream come true to get a chance to play alongside the pros,” said the soft-spoken Aussie, who made six birdies in his first eight holes and went bogey-free for his round. “You’re lying to yourself if you say you’re not thinking about it while playing. It was a nerve-racking day.”

This was the fourth year for the annual golf tournament, which was previously played at the Ocean Club Golf Course in 2019, 2021, and 2022. Houston, Mississippi and Duke are the past men’s winners over the layout designed by past major champion Tom Weiskopf.


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Results following the final round of the White Sands Bahamas NCAA Men’s Invitational, played at the 7,099-yard, par 72 Ocean Club Golf Course at Paradise Island, Bahamas:

TEAM SCORING  

1 Santa Clara 273 277 269 819 -45
2 North Texas 277 278 268 823 -41
3 St. Mary’s (CA) 281 278 266 825 -39
4 Southern Illinois 280 282 277 839 -25
T5 North Alabama 281 277 286 844 -20
T5 Jacksonville State 279 294 271 844 -20
7 Georgia State 281 281 286 848 -16
8 Wofford College 286 289 283 858 -6
9 Wichita State 295 283 288 866 +2

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS  

1 Gareth Steyn Georgia State 67 69 65 201 -15
2 Connor Reis St. Mary’s (CA) 71 69 62 202 -14
3 Muzzy Donohue Santa Clara 69 70 65 204 -12
T4 Jeff Kwak Santa Clara 69 70 66 205 -11
T4 Key Coker North Texas 66 73 66 205 -11
T4 Nolan Forsman Santa Clara 69 68 68 205 -11
T4 Tucker Allen North Texas 70 69 66 205 -11
T4 Erik Jansson Jacksonville State 69 68 68 205 -11
T9 J.P. Odland Santa Clara 66 70 70 206 -10

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