HIGH POINT WINS JOE AGEE INVITATIONAL; RADFORD SECOND AND LONGWOOD SEVENTH IN EVENT
The High Point University men's golf team won the Joe Agee Invitational by one stroke over Radford with a total score of 861 thanks to a combined score of 289 in the third and final round on Tuesday in Williamsburg, Va. Senior Chase Wilson tied his career-low 54-hole score with a seven-under 206 to claim the individual medal.
The three-round score of 861 by High Point matches the team's lowest 54-hole total in its Division I history. HPU previously shot 861 in a fourth-place finish at the 2010 Sea Trail Intercollegiate. The Panthers outshot Radford by one stroke in the final round to finish first among the 11 teams competing in the tournament. HPU was the tournament's top scorer on Par-4s (+27) and Par-5s (-10) and finished with 50 birdies as a team.
Wilson followed up his back-to-back 67s on Monday with a one-over 72 on Tuesday. The senior matched his own HPU Div. I 54-hole record of 206 for the tournament which he set when he won the individual medal at the 2010 Sea Trail. Wilson finished the tournament with 16 birdies and one eagle and led all competitors with a score of -4 on the Par-4s.
Wilson was joined in the top 10 by sophomore Sam Stewart and freshman McKay Tye. Stewart shot a 73 in the third round and finished in sixth with a new career-low score of 216 (71-72-73). The sophomore shaved three strokes off his previous career low of 219. Tye turned in a career-low round of 71 on Tuesday and finished his first collegiate tournament in 10th with a 54-hole score of 219 (74-74-71).
Sophomore Charles Valluzzo carded a 73 in the final round and finished one-stroke back of Tye in a tie for 11th with a three-round score of 220 (75-72-73). Sophomore LJ Georgetti turned in a 79 on the day and finished the tournament in a tie for 32nd with a total score of 229 (75-75-79).
The Panthers finished one-stroke ahead of Radford which finished in second with a score of 862. Host William & Mary finished 12-strokes back in third with a total combined score of 873. Delaware finished fourth with a score of 889 while Elon and Long Island University-Brooklyn tied for fifth with matching scores of 896.
Wilson won the individual medal by one stroke over fellow day-one leader Callum Tarren of Radford after Tarren shot a two-over 73 and finished with a score of 207 (64-70-73). RU's Weston Eklund finished third in the individual standings with a score of 208 thanks to a one-under 70 on Tuesday.
Tarren's career-low 54-hole ledger of 6-under-par 207 (64-70-73) was runner-up. It was quite a tournament for the Darlington, England native as Tarren recorded his highest-ever finish in a collegiate event. Furthermore, Tarren's first-round 7-under-par 64 was a new course record. He finished second in the field with 14 birdies, second in par-5 scoring at 6-under-par, and third in par-4 scoring at 1-under-par.
Recording his eighth career Top-5 showing, Eklund ended in third place, one stroke behind Tarren at 208 (70-68-70). His final-round 1-under-par 70 was tied for the low round of the day. Eklund finished second in the field in par-4 scoring at 2-under-par, tied for third in birdies (12), and tied for third in par-5 scoring at 4-under-par.
Tanner Carbaugh charted a career-best 15th-place finish at 223 (76-73-74). The sophomore tied for fifth in par-3 scoring, shooting even-par through three rounds.
Ryan Rettberg tied for 23rd at 226 (75-78-73) to chalk up his best collegiate finish, while Conner Hayden carded a 229 (76-76-77) to finish tied for 32nd.
Longwood University posted a final round of 304 Tuesday in men's golf for a 54-hole score of 901 (301-296-304) to finish seventh among 11 teams at the Joe Agee Invitational. Sophomore Jason Schumacher led the Lancers with his score of 74-73-73--220 that tied for 11th place among the field of 60.
Schumacher was followed by junior Dylan Jensen (80-73-74--227, t-25th), freshmen Alex O'Dell (74-74-80--228, t-29th) and Mason Carmel (76-76-78--230, 34th) along with sophomore Blake Carter (77-78-79--234, t-40th). Schumacher, O'Dell and Carmel each posted collegiate-low scores for 54 holes. In addition, Jensen tied for third among the field in par 5 scoring (4.56, -4), was fourth in par 3 scoring (2.92, -1) and tied for fifth in birdies (11). Carmel tied for fourth in pars (36). Schumacher tied for seventh in par 4 scoring (4.15, +5) and tied for 12th in pars (33).
High Point will return to action on Oct. 15 when the team heads to Morgantown, N.C., to play in the Donald Ross Intercollegiate. The two-day, 54-hole event will be hosted by Appalachian State at the Mimosa Hills Golf Club. Radford is off nearly a month before its next tournament on the eastern shore of North Carolina. The Highlanders will be making a return trip there for the OBX/ODU Invitational hosted by Old Dominion at the renowned Kilmarlic Golf Club. The three-day tournament begins Oct. 21. Longwood will play again this weekend, September 29-30, in the Patriot Intercollegiate hosted by George Mason University in Lorton.
COASTAL CAROLINA FINISHES THIRD AT WINDON MEMORIAL
Coastal Carolina sophomore Ben Wheeler shot a 2-under 69 in the final round to place runner-up, one stroke off the lead, while Sebastian Soderberg tied for fifth to lead the Chanticleers to a third-place finish in the 15-team field at the annual Windon Memorial, played at the par 71, 7.081-yard Skokie Country Club.
Coastal, which tied for the lead during the final round, finished third after shooting a 16-over par 300 over its final 18 holes. The Chants finished with a three-round total of 884 (294-290-300), three strokes off the winning score of 881 posted by Ohio State. The Buckeyes turned in a 5-over 289 - the best final round in the field by four strokes - for a 54-hole total of 881, one stroke better than host and runner-up Northwestern (882). Rounding out the top five were Michigan State (889) in fourth with Tennessee and UC Davis tying for fifth (890).
Coastal also had two top 10 individual finishes and placed runner-up in its 2012-13 season-opening event at Air Force, giving Coastal a 23-3-1 record in two events this season.
This marked the first top 10 finish for Wheeler, the reigning Big South Freshman of the Year, as well as his third career round in the 60's. Wheeler had an adventurous day to card his 2-under 69, getting seven birdies with three bogeys and a double bogey. Wheeler opened the round with a two pars before posting a double bogey on the par 5 third hole. He rallied with birdies on the fourth and seventh holes to make the turn at even par. The back nine only featured one par as he had bogeys on holes 10, 12 and 15, while having birdies on holes 11, 13, 14, 16 and 18.
Wheeler's previous best finish was a tie for 12th at last spring's John Hayt.
Soderberg, who tied for fifth with a 5-over par 218, turned in his second straight top five finish, tying for third in the season-opener at Air Force. The senior turned in rounds of 71-73-74. Soderberg had three birdies in each of his three rounds, but had two double bogeys in the final round to lead to his 3-over par 74. Over his last eight events, dating to last spring, Soderberg has turned in five top five finishes and seven top 20 finishes.
Roberto Ballesteros tied for 35th after a final round 78 Tuesday. The junior finished with a 14-over par 227 (74-74-78). Ballesteros was one-uder through three holes before getting bogeys on four of his final six holes on the front nine to stand at 3-over. He opened the inward nine with birdies on three of his first four holes, but he had double bogeys on holes 12 and 17 and a bogey on 15.
Peter Valasek tied for 42nd, shooting 16-over 229 (76-71-82), while Andrew Dorn tied for 59th with a 235 (80-76-79). Easton Renwick, playing as an individual, placed 45th with a 54-hole score of 230 (83-71-76).
Coastal Carolina will return to action Oct. 12-14 at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate, hosted by East Tennessee State at The Ridges Golf and Country Club. However, Valasek will be back in action Oct. 4-7 as he will be representing his native Slovakia at the 28th Annual World Amateur Team Championship in Antalya, Turkey.
WINTHROP TIES FOR THIRD, CHARLESTON SOUTHERN TIES FOR SEVENTH AT BSU DASH THOMAS MEMORIAL
The Winthrop men's golf team opened the 2012 fall season with a third place tie in the 54-hole BSU Dash Thomas Memorial that concluded Tuesday afternoon.
Winthrop finished the tournament with a 3-under par team score of 850 (283-282-285) and tied with San Jose State eight shots behind tourney champion Washington State which shot the low round of the event on Monday with a 9-under 275 and then held off Utah Valley State to win by six shots.
The Eagles were led by sophomore Taylor Dickson who finished with a 3-under score of 210 70-68-72) which tied him for third place and just four shots behind tournament medalist Mason Casper of Utah Valley. Close behind and tied for ninth was teammate Kamito Hirai who finished at 1-under par 212 (70-74-68).
Winthrop redshirt sophomore Cameron Bell headed into the final round in contention for individual honors after shooting 2-under for 36 holes, but slipped shot 75 on Tuesday to slip to a 23rd place tie at 215 (72-68-75). Senior Kyle Bearden was closed behind at 218 (75-72-71) as he improved with each round and tied for 30th place. Rounding out the Winthrop performances was freshman Nick Eberhardt's 220 (71-75-74) which tied him for 37th place.
Charleston Southern's Ross Thomson closed out the Dash Thomas Memorial with his lowest round of the week to land on the All-Tournament team in leading the Buccaneers to a seventh place finish at The Club at Spurwig.
Thomson finished the final 18 holes with a 67 on the course, four-under par for the day to close out the weekend tied for third overall in earning All-Tournament honors. The redshirt junior led Charleston Southern to its lowest round of the week as CSU finished with a 284 on the final day, finishing with an 871 to tie with Utah State over the three-round tournament.
Jarrett Swan also recorded his lowest round of the weekend on the final day, carding a 69, two-under par to finish tied for 26th overall. The sophomore recorded a 76-71 over the first two rounds to close out the tournament with a 216, 3-over on the week.
Freshman Nicolas Baena closed out the tournament with a final round 68, three-under par to finish one stroke back of Swan in a tie for 28th overall. He opened the tournament with a 75 over the first round and 74 over the second 18 holes to finish with a 217. C.J. Liner finished the tournament tied for 60th overall, carding 230 on the weekend, while Jason Fick tied for 67th to round out the Buccaneers on the course.
Winthrop and Charleston Southern will return to action on Oct. 1-2 when it competes in the Rees Jones Intercollegiate at Haig Point Golf Club on Daufuskie Island. The tournament is hosted by the University of South Carolina.