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CAMPBELL WINS BASH AT THE BEACH; GARDNER-WEBB SECOND, RADFORD THIRD AND HIGH POINT FIFTH IN EVENT
Vaita Guillaume
earned his third individual title of the year and Campbell claimed team honors following Tuesday's final round of the Bash at the Beach intercollegiate men's golf tournament.

Guillaume finished the 54-hole event at 7-under par 206 (69-67-70) and shared first place on the leader board with Sebastian MacLean of Xavier (72-68-66--206).  Campbell (291-285-285--861) edged second-place Gardner-Webb (288-287-287--862) by one stroke.  Radford (291-291-287--869) finished third in the 15-school field.

Campbell senior Mitch Gray (74-74-70--218) and sophomore Amanjyot Singh (71-73-74--218) tied for 10th place, while freshman Grant Houser finshed in a tie for 28th (80-71-71) after he shot even-par for the final 36 holes on the par-71, 6817-yard Surf Golf and Beach Club layout.  Freshman Kurtis Straw tied for 74th place (77-76-81--234). 

Sophomore Sean Goatley-Soan tied for 21st place (74-73-73--220) and Harrison Ashworth tied for 79th (83-79-73--235) while playing as individuals.

Campbell's third team championship of the season followed triumph last fall at the Golfweek Program Challenge and the Kiawah Classic.  Guillaume won individual honors last October at the Georgetown Intercollegiate and shared the title at the Kiawah Classic.  The Camels have finished among the top five teams in each of their seven tournaments this year, including a runner-up finish at The Big Five Invitational. 

Gardner-Webb junior Daniel Kim and senior Kristopher Gray each finished in the top-five this week, as the Runnin' Bulldogs took second-place overall at the Bash at the Beach. 

The Runnin' Bulldogs carded a first round combined team score of 288, +4, on Sunday to lead in the team standings heading into round two on Monday.  After a combined team score of 287, +3, on the second round Monday put the Runnin' Bulldogs in first-place outright heading into day three, GWU carded another team score of 287, +3, on Tuesday to finish the event in second-place at 862, +10, one stroke behind Campbell at 861, +9.

Kim led the Runnin' Bulldogs, as he carded rounds of 69, 69 and 71 to finish the event at 209, -4, and in third-place overall on the individual leaderboard.  Gray also posted a top-five finish, as the senior placed fifth overall with a combined score of 214, +1, posting rounds of 71, 71 and 72 over the three-day event.

Freshman Matt Yelverton turned in rounds of 73, 74 and 72 to finish with a three-round combined score of 219, +6, good enough to place in a tie for 16th-place overall, while sophomore Steven Jones bounced back from a first round 75 on Sunday, to shoot rounds of 73 and 72 over the next two days to finish in a tie for 21st-place overall with a score of 220, +7.

Rounding out the scoring for GWU on the week was redshirt-senior J.J. Regan who posted rounds of 79, 76 and 75, placing him in a tie for 58th-place overall with his combined score of 230, +17.

The Radford men's golf team finished third for the second consecutive tournament and Weston Eklund wrapped up another tournament in the Top-5 in the finale of the Bash at the Beach Tuesday afternoon.

The Highlanders (291-291-287) posted a final-round 287, the second lowest score of any team in the field, and finished third for the second straight event (3rd - Charleston Shootout).  It was the fourth round this year Radford shot in the 280's and the 869 team score was the lowest since the season-opening event.

Eklund (70-70-70, 210) carded another one-under day to finish fourth overall.  His 54-hole tally of 210 tied a career-low.  It was the second time this year Eklund has finished fourth and was his fourth Top-10 finish.  Furthermore, Eklund recorded his team-leading 12th round at par or lower.  Michael Wade carded a one-over 72 and brought his total to two-over 215.  Wade finished just behind Eklund in a tie for sixth place.  He is now second on the team with 10 rounds at or under par.

Tanner Carbaugh completed the final 18 holes with a career-low 71, four strokes better than his previous best.  Carbaugh leaped 11 positions up the leaderboard to finish in a tie for 45th (225, +12).  Coming in as Radford's third score was Callum Tarren.  Tarren shot another consistent round at three-over 74.  He also finished at a career-best 222 (+9).  Rounding out the Radford competitors was Paul Woodson, who shot a final-round 76 to total 231 (+18).

The High Point University men's golf team finished in fifth place out of 15 teams at the Bash at the Beach in Myrtle Beach, S.C., with a three-round score of 879 after shooting a combined 301 on Tuesday.  Freshman Charles Valluzzo was HPU's top finisher, ending the three-day event in a tie for eighth with a 54-hole score of 217.

Valluzzo carded a four-over 76 on the day and finished with a 217 through three rounds (72-69-76).  Fellow Freshman Sam Stewart had the best round of the day with a two-over 74 and finished two-strokes back of Valluzzo in a tie for 16th with a three-round score of 219 (72-73-74).  Senior Thomas McLellan shot a 76 and finished in a tie for 26th with a total score of 221 (72-73-76).  Senior Curtis Brotherton shot a 75 in the third round and finished the tournament in a tie for 28th with a three-day score of 222 (73-74-75).  Junior Chase Wilson carded a 76 to finish in a tie for 55th with a 54-hole score of 229 (75-78-76).

Campbell continues its spring campaign next Monday and Tuesday at the UCF Rio Pinar Invitational in Orlando, Fla.  Gardner-Webb will return to the links this weekend, as the men's golf team will compete at the 2012 Furman Intercollegiate, which will be held from March 16-18 at the Furman University Golf Course in Greenville, S.C.  The Highlanders and Panthers return to the links March 26-27 to compete in the C&F Bank Intercollegiate - played on The Woods Course.

COASTAL CAROLINA FINISHES SEVENTH AT GENERAL HACKLER CHAMPIONSHIP
Coastal Carolina shot the fourth-lowest round Monday, a 292, to move up two spots and finish seventh (304-303-292=899) at the 11th annual General Jim Hackler Championship, played at the 7,189-yard, par-71 DeBordieu Club March 11-12.

Freshman Peter Valasek, playing as an individual, carded a final round 78 to post his first career top 10 finish, tying for ninth.  He posted rounds of 70-71-78 for a six-over score of 219.  Valasek posted eight birdies over the 54 holes and was able to place among the top 10 thanks to playing the par 3's at even par, one of just nine to play the par 3's at par or better.

North Florida, ranked 114th, held on to its lead after two rounds to win the team title, shooting 872 (300-282-290).  The Ospreys also claimed individual medalist honors as well as Sean Dale carded a 73 on Monday to hold on to his 36-hole lead to win by three strokes over a trio of golfers.  He shot 69-70 on Sunday and finished with a three-round score of one-under 212.

East Carolina, ranked 41st, finished second with a 43-hole score of 874, followed by #9 Arkansas (878), #19 New Mexico (879), #24 Virginia (886) and #49 Augusta State (889).

Sebastian Soderberg carded an even par round of 72 and Charlie Winegardner shot 72.  The duo finished the 54-hole event with 223 strokes to tie for 21st.  Soderberg only had four pars over the first two rounds, but carded five birdies Monday, including three over the final seven holes, to move up 18 spots to 21st.  Winegardner not only matched his first round one-over par 72 with a 72 Monday, but he did so in almost identical fashion, registering 13 pars, three bogeys and two birdies.  Like Soderberg, he finished with a birdie on the par 5 ninth to move up 10 spots to 21st.

Ben Wheeler tied for 35th, shooting 77-74-75 for a 13-over 226.  The freshman had a setback on his ninth hole, hitting his drive in the water for a double bogey.  However, he rallied to birdie his 10th hole.  After a bogey on his 13th hole, he closed his round like Soderberg and Winegardner with a birdie on his final hole.  Andrew Dorn and Kevin Vanden Heuvel both tied for 51st.  Dorn, who played his final 10 holes at one-under par (nine pars and a birdie), showed improvement each round, shooting 80-77-74 for a total of 18-over 231.

Playing as individuals, Easton Renwick tied for 63rd and Ty Wengel finished 81st.

Coastal Carolina will return to action later this week, playing in the three-day Furman Intercollegiate March 16-18.