Hornberger finishes 2nd in collegiate debut at Colorado Invite

Craig Hornberger
(Chip Bromfield photo)
Craig Hornberger (Chip Bromfield photo)

ERIE, COLO. – Craig Hornberger of Campbell University finished as runner-up in his first collegiate tournament following Tuesday's final round of the Mark Simpson Colorado Invitational.

A freshman from Lancaster, Pa., Hornberger was one of only three golfers in red numbers in the 84-man event at Colorado National Golf Club.  He shot 73-72-70—215 and tied with Blake Snyder of Washington State (76-69-70) five strokes behind medalist Preston Stanley of Houston Baptist (71-70-69—210).

Host Colorado 299-290-293—882) and Washington State (308-288-286) tied for the team championship at 18-over-par 882, one stroke better than Oregon State (306-289-288—883).  Campbell moved up five spots to finish eighth (315-297-291—903) in the 16-team event.

Hornberger made 8 birdies and finished in a five-way tie for most pars (39) in the field.  Last year's Pennsylvania 3A high school state champion played the par-four holes even, and was 3-under on the par-fives on the par-72, 7771-yard Colorado National layout.

During Tuesday's final round of 70, Hornberger made four birdies.  His second round included 16 pars, one birdie and one bogey.

After an opening-round 83, Campbell junior Grant Houser played the final 36 holes at one-over and finished in a tie for 42nd place (83-72-73—228).  The Holly Springs, N.C., product played the final 10 holes of his second round at 4-under.  On Tuesday afternoon, he had two birdies and a par in his last three holes.

Senior Amanjyot Singh also tied for 42nd place at 12-over 228 (77-74-77).  Sophomore Mikko Lehtovuori recovered from a rough Monday to shoot one-under Tuesday (86-80-71—237) and tie for 76th.  Sophomore Jeremy Milton shot 82-79-79—240 and tied for 80th.

Campbell returns to action on Oct. 5 with a dual match with Gardner-Webb at The Patriot GC in Ninety Six, S.C., before heading to the Wolfpack Intercollegiate (Oct. 7-8) at Raleigh. 

Mark Simpson Colorado Invitational
Colorado National GC / Erie, Colo.
Sept. 23-24, 2013 / Par 72, 7771 yards

Final Team Standings: T1. Colorado 299-290-293—882, T1. Washington State 308-288-286—882, 3. Oregon State 306-289-288—883, 4. Houston Baptist 301-298-285—884, 5. Nevada 302-300-286—888, 6. Air Force 313-290-286—889, 7. Nebraska 309-295-294—898, 8. Campbell 315-297-291—903, 9. Texas State 312-306-286—904, T10. Utah 311-298-298—907, T10. Colorado (B) 319-292-296—907, 12. Denver 312-298-299—909, 13. Missouri-Kansas City 310-307-296—913, T14. Gonzaga 318-303-293—914, T14. Wyoming 313-299-302—914, T14. Northern Colorado 320-207-287—914.

Final Individual Leaders: 1. Preston Stanley (Houston Baptist) 71-70-69—210, T2. Craig Hornberger (Campbell) 73-72-70—215, T2. Blake Snyder (Washington State) 76-69-70—215, 4. Philip Juel-Berg (Colorado) 73-71-72—216, T5. Michael Anderson (Washington State) 76-73-68—217, T5. Kyle Westmoreland (Air Force) 72-72-73—217.

Other Campbell Individuals: T42. Grant Houser 83-72-73—228, T42. Amanjyot Singh 77-74-77—228, T76. Mikko Lehtovuori 86-80-71—237, T80. Jeremy Milton 82-79-79—240.