RADFORD CLAIMS FOURTH AT ODU/OBX COLLEGIATE; LONGWOOD TIES FOR 13TH IN EVENT
Weston Eklund continued his torrid streak with a 2-under-par 70 Tuesday at the par 72, 6,535-yard Kilmarlic Golf Club, to tie Scott Wolfes of Georgia Southern for the top spot in the 94-player field in the final round of the ODU/OBX Invitational. Wolfes and Eklund shared medalist honors, despite Wolfes winning a one-hole playoff between the two nationally-ranked golfers.
The Highlanders finished fourth with a 5-over-par 869 (299-283-287), which was one shot behind tournament host Old Dominion's 868 (295-288-285) and three shots behind runner-up Richmond's 866 (295-291-280). Georgia Southern led wire-to-wire in claiming the tournament title with a 10-under-par 854 (290-287-277).
En route to his team-leading seventh sub-par round of the season, Eklund logged four birdies in a nine-hole stretch Tuesday. After the senior made his final birdie of the day at the par-5 12th hole, Eklund took a two-shot lead over Wolfes heading into the final six holes. Eklund clung to a one-shot edge going into the last hole, but Wolfes sank a birdie at the par-5 18th to tie the Charlottesville, Va. native at 207.
Through Radford's three tournaments this fall, Eklund has finished no higher than a tie for fourth at the season-opening Raines Development Group Intercollegiate, where he shot 5-under-par. After his career-best 9-under total in the Outer Banks, Eklund's scoring average improves to a Big South-leading 69.6.
Posting his fourth straight Top-20 finish of the season, Callum Tarren finished tied for 18th at 219 (72-76-71). The junior opened the day with two birdies at the par-3 second hole and the par-5 fourth hole. After dropping two shots at holes 5 and 6, Tarren played 1-under for the remaining 12 holes to card his third sub-par round of the season.
Conner Hayden matched his career-best 1-under-par 71 in the final round Tuesday. After giving up a shot at the 526-yard fourth hole, Hayden reeled off back-to-back birdies at holes 9 and 10 to move to 1-under for the day. A bogey two holes later dropped him back to even, but the freshman got back to red figures at the par-5 18th to finish 1-under for the round. He tied for 37th at 225 (79-75-71), along with his teammates Matt Harman (75-73-77) and Tanner Carbaugh (79-71-75).
Longwood University posted a final round of 305 Tuesday for a 54-hole score of 917 (317-295-305) to finish in a tie for 13th place among 18 teams at the OBX Collegiate hosted
Junior Dylan Jensen led the Lancers with his score of 73-75-70--218 that tied for 15th among the field of 94. Jensen was followed by sophomores Blake Carter (84-72-74--230, t-52nd) and Jason Schumacher (81-72-81--234, t-60th), freshman Alex O'Dell (83-76-80--239, t-78th) and junior Kyle Bodin (80-80-81--241, t-83rd).
The Highlanders conclude their fall slate at next week's Wendy's Kiawah Classic hosted by Charleston Southern Sunday-Tuesday (Oct. 28-30) on the Turtle Point layout at the Kiawah Island Resort. Longwood has completed its fall portion of the 2012-13 schedule.
HIGH POINT DEFEATS GARDNER-WEBB IN DUAL, 296 TO 304
Senior Chase Wilson of the High Point University men's golf team picked up his third-straight win, shooting a three-under 69 to lead the Panthers to a 296-304 win over Gardner-Webb in dual match action on Saturday at the Patriot Golf Club in Ninety-Six, S.C.
Wilson finished two-strokes ahead of teammate Sam Stewart who carded a one-under 71 to finish in second place on the individual standings. Senior Brian Sullivan was HPU's third finisher with a 76 while freshman McKay Tye rounded out the Panther scorers with an 80.
Charles Valluzzo shot an 84 for High Point while freshman Tommy Dillon shot 82 and sophomore LJ Georgetti shot an 88 while competing as individuals.
For Gardner-Webb, Daniel Kim carded a 74, +2, to finish third overall among the 14 competitors. Behind Kim's 74, sophomore Matt Yelverton posted a 76, +4, while redshirt-junior Daley Byles turned in a round of 78, +6. Wrapping up the scoring was freshman Clement Kurniawan who carded an 81, +9, for the day.
The Panthers return to tournament action on Oct. 28 when they head to Kiawah Island, S.C., to play in the Kiawah Island Intercollegiate. The three-day event will be hosted by Charleston Southern at the Turtle Point Golf Course.
CAMPBELL FINISHES 10TH AT WOLFPACK INTERCOLLEGIATE
Campbell finished 10th in the team standings after Saturday's final round of the Wolfpack Intercollegiate men's golf tournament.
Freshman Mikko Lehtovuori tied for 29th place at 6-over 222 (75-75-72) to lead Campbell's individuals. Sophomore Grant Houser tied for 42nd place (71-79-75--225) and freshman Jared Carver tied for 46th (76-73-77--236).
Junior Amanjyot Singh finished 53rd (75-74-78--227) and freshman Jeremy Milton 71st (85-77-82--244) on the par-72, 7358-yard Lonnie Poole Golf Course.
Led by individual medalist Brandon Dalinka (73-71-66--210), North Carolina claimed team honors (287-291-276--854) by 10 strokes over runner-up East Carolina.
Campbell continues its fall schedule Oct. 28-30 at the Wendy's Kiawah Classic at Turtle Point.
GARDNER-WEBB TAKES 11TH-PLACE AT PINETREE INTERCOLLEGIATE
Following its dual against High Point, the Gardner-Webb men's golf team posted an 11th-place finish after 54 holes of play at the Pinetree Intercollegiate hosted by Kennesaw State at the par 72, 7,108-yards Pinetree Country Club in Kennesaw, Ga.
Gardner-Webb as a team carded rounds of 314, 312 and 316 to finish in 11th-place overall in the team standings with a three-round combined team score of 942, +78.
For the fifth straight event, senior Daniel Kim led the Runnin' Bulldogs, this time placing in a tie for 10th-place overall. Kim carded rounds of 75, 74 and 76 to finish with a two-day combined score of 225, +9. Kim's three rounds were the Runnin' Bulldogs' lowest three rounds of the tournament.
Redshirt-junior Daley Byles finished in a tie for 46th-place overall, turning in rounds of 79, 79 and 78 to post a combined score of 236, +20, while sophomore Matt Yelverton shot an 86, 78 and 76 to come in 60th-place overall with his score of 240, +24.
GWU senior Arron Price and freshman Clement Kurniawan rounded out the players for the Runnin' Bulldogs, as Price posted rounds of 77, 81 and 86 for a combined score of 244, +28, and Kurniawan registered rounds of 83, 81 and 91 to shoot a combined three-round score of 255, +39.
The host institution, Kennesaw State, earned the team win with a team score of 860, -4 under par, taking first-place overall by 16 strokes ahead of the second-place Ball State Cardinals (884, +20).
The Owls took the top-three spots overall individually led by Jimmy Beck's first-place finish with a three-round combined score of 209, -7 under par.
Gardner-Webb will wrap up its 2012 Fall season in two weeks, as the Runnin' Bulldogs will tee-off at the Hummingbird Intercollegiate hosted by Western Carolina on November 3-4.