Big South Men's Golfers Conclude Regular-Season Play

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CHARLESTON SOUTHERN WINS COCA-COLA WOFFORD INVITATIONAL; CAMPBELL 3RD, GARDNER-WEBB TIES FOR 6TH, HIGH POING TIES FOR 8TH, RADFORD 11TH AND PRESBYTERIAN 14TH
Setting both program and tournament records with their three-round score, the CSU men's golf team won the 24th Annual Coca-Cola Invite by 10 strokes on Tuesday afternoon.  The event was hosted by the Wofford Terriers at the Country Club of Spartanburg.

The Bucs set a new CSU record through 36 holes with a score of 282-280 before breaking the program's 54-hole mark with their final score of 282-280-279-841.  They had previously broken the school record with a score of 849 at the Dash Thomas Memorial this fall.  Their score also set a new tournament record, breaking East Tennessee State University's mark of 847 in 2010.  The Buccaneers' finish of 23 under par was also a tournament and program record.

Jacobo Pastor, who won the tournament in 2011, took home the runner up spot in leading his team to the win.  Pastor shot 73-65-67-205 to finish 11 under par, marking his best score of the season by two strokes.  His 65 in the second round ties for second place in the CSU record books while his final of 205 also ranks second.  He was a stroke behind tournament winner Vaita Guillaume of Campbell, who finished 12 under par at 69-64-71-204.

In third place was Ross Thomson, who carded a score of 69-69-70-208 for eight under par.  His score was his second best of the season and places him seventh for a three-round score in the CSU record books.  He was followed by David Denlinger, who carded a 68-75-71-214 to tie for 11th place.  He shot two under par in the tournament.

Will Pieper saved his best round for last, shooting 73-76-71-220 to finish four over par and in 32nd place.  His final score ties his three-round low of the season.  Rounding out the competition for the Buccaneers was Choo Teck Ng, who shot 72-71-80-223.  Ng finished seven over par and in 45th place, shaving eight strokes off of his previous season-best score.

Guillaume won his fourth individual tournament of the year to lead Campbell to a third place finish at the Wofford Coca-Cola Invitational.  Guillaume added the Coca-Cola tourney crown to three other events he has already won during the 2011-12 season -- the Georgetown Intercollegiate, Kiawah Classic and Bash at the Beach.  He set a tournament 54-hole record at 12-under-par 204 (69-64-71).

Guillaume broke the previous tournament mark of 11-under-par set by Wake Forest's Michael Capone in 1999.  He has won 4 of his last 6 tournaments.  He led the Coca-Cola field with 20 birdies and a four-under-par mark on the par-4 holes.  Campbell paced the event with 62 birdies as a team.

On Monday, he tied the school and tournament 18-hole record with at 64 on the par-72, 6648-yard Country Club of Spartanburg layout.  Guillaume matched the school 18-hole record of 64 first set by Simon Dunn at the 2001 UCF Rio Pinar Invitational.  Guillaume also shot 64 at the 2010 Mardi Gras Invitational and 2011 Charleston Shootout.

The senior from Papeete, Tahiti notched his career-best 36-hole performance (133), a mark that stands 2nd in school history and only two strokes off the Campbell record of 131 set by Kyle Spahr at the 2006 Hartford Hawks Invitational.  His 204 tally for 54 holes is also a career-best and the fourth-lowest in Campbell's men's golf Division I era (since 1977-78).

Campbell sophomore Amanjyot Singh finished in a tie for 20th place at one-over 217 (71-71-75).  Senior Mitch Gray tied for 21st (74-74-70--218), while freshman Grant Houser tied for 41st at six-over 222 (74-74-74).  Sophomore Sean Goatley-Soan (74-81-79--234) tied for 84th.

Gardner-Webb senior Kristopher Gray finished in a three-way tie at eighth-place overall, as the men's golf team finished in a tie at sixth-place overall in the team standings at the Coca-Cola Wofford Invitational.  The Runnin' Bulldogs carded team rounds of 285, 290 and 296 to finish in a tie at sixth-place overall at 871, +7, with the Richmond Spiders.

Gray paced the Runnin' Bulldogs, as the senior carded rounds of 70, 72 and 71 to finish three under par at 213.  Gray, who finished tied for eighth, recorded a tournament high 41 pars over the three-round tournament.

Junior Daniel Kim posted rounds of 74, 69 and 71 to turn in a combined three-round score of 214, -2 under par, placing him in a tie at 11th-place overall.  Kim, who posted an even 3.00 par 3 scoring average over the two-day event, totaled 35 pars for the event.

Redshirt-sophomore Daley Byles turned in a GWU low round 69 for round one on Monday and followed up with rounds of 78 and 74 to finish the two-day event with a combined score of 221, +5, good enough to finish in a tie at 37th-place.

Freshman Matt Yelverton and redshirt-senior J.J. Regan rounded out the scoring for the Runnin' Bulldogs, as the two posted three-round combined scores of 228, +12, to both finish in a six-way tie at 71st-place.

High Point shot a combined 296 in the third and final round of the Coca-Cola Invitational on Tuesday to finish in a tie for eighth out of 17 teams with a total score of 872.  Senior Curtis Brotherton had the low round of the day with a one-under 71.

Brotherton finished the Invitational in a tie for 25th with a total 54-hole score of 219 (74-74-71).  Junior Chase Wilson shot an even-par 72 on Tuesday and was High Point's top finisher with a three-round score of 212 (69-71-72) leaving him in seventh.  The three-round score by Wilson is his second-lowest of the season.

Freshman Charles Valluzzo carded a 76 in the third round to finish in a tie for 32nd with a total score of 220 (73-71-76) while fellow freshman Sam Stewart shot a 77 and finished in a tie for 41st with a 54-hole score of 222 (70-75-77).  Senior Thomas McLellan turned in an 83 in the final round and finished in a tie for 86th place with a total score of 235 (73-70-83).

Weston Eklund and Callum Tarren each entered the clubhouse with 220 54-hole scores and led Radford men's golf to an 11th-place showing at the 24th-annual Coca-Cola Wofford Invitational.  Eklund posted an even-par 72 in the final round, while Tarren carded a two-over 74.  Each player finished at 220 (+4) and tied for 32nd overall in a 90-player field. 

Eklund charted his 14th round at or under par this year.  Tarren wrapped up the event with two eagles and carded a career-best 54-hole total.  As a team, Radford (299-292-294) went 22-under in par-5 scoring and had 45 total birdies.  The Highlanders finished 11th in the team standings with an 885, just one shot out of the Top-10.

Michael Wade finished third in Radford's team score at eight-over 224.  He tied for 49th on the individual leaderboard due to his five-over 77 performance in the third and final round.  Tanner Carbaugh shot 74 for the second straight day and joined Ryan Rettberg with a final total of 227.

The Presbyterian College men's golf team improved to finish 14th at the Coca-Cola Invitational with a three-round score of 893 (302, 296, 295).  Sophomore Carter Davis shot a collegiate best 221 (74, 75, 72), an improvement of six strokes over his score last season, en route to 37th place tie.

Redshirt senior Evan Phillips and sophomore William Sigg tied for 45th at 223.  Junior Matt Sizemore shot 227 (74, 78, 75) to tie for 64th.  Freshman Samuel Jackson shot 234 (78, 78, 78) to finish tied for 84th.

LIBERTY WINS RIVER LANDING INTERCOLLEGIATE; WINTHROP 9TH
A strong third round effort wrapped up a wire-to-wire victory for Liberty on Sunday at the River Landing Intercollegiate, an East Carolina hosted event at the River Landing Golf Course.

The tournament victory was the Flames' first of the 2011-12 season and the team's first since winning the title at last year's Big South Men's Golf Championship on April 20.  Liberty has now won 19 Division I tournaments in program history.

The 12-team field returned to the par-72, 6,901-yard course, Saturday morning, to wrap up the second round after weather delays altered Friday's schedule to the first 27 holes of play.

A trio of ACC programs closed the gap on No. 39/37 Liberty (Golfweek/Golfstat) after 36 holes. The Flames led the field with an eight-under 568, two strokes ahead of N.C. State's six-under par 570. Duke, the field's top ranked program at No. 18/15, was in third with a four-under par 572, followed by North Carolina's one-under par 575.

However, the Flames put the tournament out of reach during the afternoon flight, carding a 10-under par 278, the team's second-best 18-hole total of the season. The double digit under-par total enabled Liberty to claim a nine stroke victory with an 18-under par 846 (283-285-278).

N.C. State (286-284-285) and Duke (291-281-283) shared second place with a nine-under par 855. No. 37/30 East Carolina (304-274-281) recovered from a tough opening round to eventually share fourth place with North Carolina (289-286-284) with a five-under par 859.

The Flames were able to secure their first team victory of the season by placing three of their five starters inside the Top 10.

Niklas Lindstrom carded three straight sub-par rounds to record a career 54-hole showing. The sophomore finished in second place with a seven-under par 209 (71-70-68), besting his seven-over par 217 at the Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate in March.

Robert Karlsson, who entered the event individually ranked No. 40 in the latest Golfweek rankings, finished one stroke behind Lindstrom to take third place. The senior posted a six-under par 210 (68-73-69), his second-best 54-hole total of the season.

Chase Marinell closed the two-day event with his first sub-70 round of the spring to share eighth place with three other golfers. The sophomore posted a three-under par 213 (72-72-69), closing with a 69 after a pair of level par 72 rounds.

Mathieu Fenasse posted his best 54-hole total since joining the Flames, with the freshman finishing tied for 19th placed after an even par 216 (72-71-73).

Ian McConnell rounded out Liberty's starting five by sharing 30th place with a three-over par 219 (75-72-72).

Liberty also took two individuals to the River Land Intercollegiate, with Jacob Mast finishing in 64th place with a 14-over par 230 (80-75-75) and Jordan Frye finishing in 71st place with a 20-over par 236 (81-76-79).

Winthrop senior Jordan Sease tied for third place to lead the Winthrop men's golf team to a ninth place finish out of 13 schools in the 2012 ECU/UNCW River Landing Intercollegiate.

The Winthrop men shot a team score of 880 (301-291-288) to finish 34 shots behind tournament champion and fellow Big South member Liberty.
 
Sease shot a 6-under-par total of 210 (71-69-70) for his best finish this year.  Junior Kamito Hirai tied for 19th place after fashioning an even par performance of 216 (72-73-71).  Sophomore Walt Todd turned in a 226 (81-73-72) as he tied for 59th place.  Senior Brandon Truesdale tied for 64th at 230 (79-76-75) while sophomore Damon Postal rounded out the Eagles scoring with a 237 (79-80-78) which placed him 73rd.