Mike Ross shot a second day 77 (+5) to finish eighth in the Rose-Hulman Invitational and the Yellow Jacket men's golf squad concluded the competition in seventh with a score of 660 on Sunday, March 30.
After posting a team score of 326 on the first day of action, Defiance shot a 334 Sunday. Ross (Bryan, Ohio / Bryan) led the team with his round of 77. For the tournament, the senior recorded a 36-hole score of 152 (+8), which was six strokes behind leader Mike Marcagi of Thomas More.
The Purple and Gold then had three golfers tie for the second-best round of day two. Derek Lucas (Eaton, Ohio / Eaton), Ryan Edelbrock (Delphos, Ohio / Delphos St. Johns) and Hurst Talbot (Columbus, Ohio / St. Charles Prep) all posted 84's (+12).
Lucas had the biggest jump in score, as he shaved 11 strokes from Saturday to Sunday and finished at 179 (+35). Talbot and Edelbrock both improved as well, taking five strokes off their first-round score for 173's (+29).
Jake Tinsley (Kettering, Ohio / Eaton) and Rick Girona (McClure, Ohio / Ostego) were the next two finishers on the afternoon. Tinsley shot an 86 to conclude play and ended the weekend second on the squad at 169 (+25). Girona tied with Edelbrock and Talbot for third amongst the Yellow Jackets at 173 (+29).
After a solid 82 on day one, Zach Weber (Ottoville, Ohio / Ottoville) struggled on Sunday with an 18-hole score of 94 (+22) and concluded the invite at 179 (+35). Wrapping up the golfers for Defiance was Josh DeGroff (Stryker, Ohio / Stryker), who cut four strokes off today to shoot a 93 (+21) and wrap up the weekend at 190 (+46).
Hanover was able to hold on to first, after being ahead on day one and take the invitational with a score of 612. Host Rose-Hulman and Thomas More then tied for second on the weekend with 620 strokes.