Saffell Shines As Panthers Succeed At Shawnee State

Saffell Shines As Panthers Succeed At Shawnee State

MCDERMOTT, Ohio – Following a strong first-round showing that saw the Ohio Dominican men's golf team shooting a combined team score of 290 (+2), the Panthers finished the final round on Tuesday by collecting a score of 294 (+6) to earn a second-place finish in the team standings.  

The 36-hole aggregate score of 584 is tied for third-best in program history. The last time the Panther men achieved such an impressive scoreline was at the 2019 G-MAC Fall Invitational.

It was a record-breaking day for senior Blake Saffell (Somerset, Ohio). After shooting a 70 during the first round of play, Saffell collected a tournament-low 65 during the second round on Tuesday. That score put him in sole possession of first place, where he fended off the field to claim the victory. He ties Tyler Smith for the second-best 18-hole score in program history, just one stroke off the record set by Adam Arnett during the 2008 AMC Championship at Apple Valley Golf Course.

Saffell's 36-hole aggregate score of 135 at the Shawnee State Invitational beats the record previously held by teammate Robert Holden (Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire, England) who set the previous best of 138 during the G-MAC Fall Invitational.

Sophomore Jacob Brownley (West Chester, Ohio) finished in ninth place after shooting a 72 during the first round and a 74 in the second round.

Brett Coughlin (Washington, Illinois) and Kai Squires (Dunstable, United Kingdom) finished tied for 17th place after both players tied with combined scores of 153 after both rounds. Coughlin earned his position by way of a 77 during the opening round and collecting a 76 in the latter round. Squires earned his score by shooting a 71 during the first round and an 82 in the final round.

Junior Trace Thomas (Hamilton, Ohio) finished tied for 20th place shooting a 78 during the opening round on Monday and a 76 on Tuesday.

ODU concludes its season next Monday and Tuesday (October 26-27) when they travel to Nashville, Tennessee, to compete in the Music City Invitational hosted by Trevecca Nazarene University.

Contact: Ralph Schudel