Kirby Leads Golf Team to Championship

Posted: October 17, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

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Mike Kirby broke all kinds of records at the JMU tournament.

George Mason senior Mike Kirby shot a course-record 61 at last week’s James Madison University (JMU) Men’s Golf Invitational to lead his team to the championship. This is the second tournament the Patriots golfers have won this season, after winning the opening tournament at Navy Sept. 10-11.

Kirby, a business and information technology major, had a 54-hole score of 66-70-61—197 to win the tournament’s individual title by four strokes over JMU senior Jay Lindell on the 6,517-yard, par-71 Lakeview Golf Course. Kirby’s 16-under-par effort led George Mason to a team score of 279-282-275—836 and a one-stroke margin over runner-up Liberty University. There were 12 teams entered in the tournament.

Kirby had two eagles, six birdies, and 10 pars during his record round Tuesday and erased the old course record of 63. Kirby smashed George Mason records as well. His first round 66 had tied the best score for 18 holes and the 61 broke that. Kirby’s three-round total of 197 breaks the previous Mason record by 11 strokes.

As a team, the Patriots recorded the lowest 54-hole score in history. Junior Dan Hurley, business management major, recorded a career-best 208 (71-68-69) to finish in a tie for fifth place. Junior Nick DeSimone, undeclared major, finished the final round with an even par 71 to finish tied for 38th (72-74-71—217). Senior Mike Cavanagh, business major (75-70-74—219), finished out the team scoring. David Murname carded a 226 total (70-79-77).

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