Towson to battle GMU for championship
Towson will face Colonial Athletic Association rival George Mason in the championship match after winning the first two matches of the STX Match Play Tournament at the picturesque Towson Golf and Country Club.
Junior Joe Gunerman propelled the Tigers into the championship match on Sunday after sinking a five-foot birdie in the first playoff hole against opponent Fairfield. Towson won the match 4-3.
Gunerman also led the Tigers Saturday in a first round win over the Rutgers Scarlet Knights after making a match-clinching 50-foot putt.
For the second consecutive round, freshmen Alex Church and Cas Dickerson won their matches, defeating Nick Taylor and Peter Repetto.
Senior Ken Jee picked up his first win of the tournament by defeating the Scarlet Knights’ Eric Johnson.
Saturday saw a similar result as Sunday for Towson, as the Tigers once again won the match by a final score of 4-3, this time over Rutgers.
Junior Adam Stasuk, Church and Dickerson all recorded wins for Towson, but with Rutgers winning the other three matches, the Tigers turned back to Gunerman to lift them past the Scarlet Knights.
After being down by one after 15 holes, Gunerman would beat out Johnathan Chang by making par on the 16th and 17th holes before sinking a 50-foot putt for a birdie that would advance the Tigers to the semi-finals.
George Mason defeated California University of PA 4.5-2.5 Saturday and Bethune-Cookman 5-2 Sunday to advance to the championship match.
George Mason and Towson will tee off Monday to decide the champion.