Gardner-Webb's Team Title Highlights Opening of Men's Golf Season

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GARDNER-WEBB WINS RAINES DEVELOPMENT GROUP INTERCOLLEGIATE; RADFORD NINTH, CHARLESTON SOUTHERN 11TH, PRESBYTERIAN 14TH, HIGH POINT 15TH AND LONGWOOD 16TH IN EVENT
Gardner-Webb senior Daniel Kim and sophomore Matt Yelverton both finished in a tie for first-place overall, as the men's golf team won the Raines Development Group Intercollegiate by four strokes in the Runnin' Bulldogs 2012 fall opener.

Gardner-Webb carded team rounds of 283, 281 and 286 to finish with a three-round combined team score of 850, -14 under par, placing the Runnin' Bulldogs four strokes ahead of Georgia College, who finished in second-place with a team score of 854, -10 under par.

Kim and Yelverton were co-medalists, along with Jamison Randall of Old Dominion, as the three finished in a three-way tie for first-place with a tournament low three-round combined score of 209, -7 under par.

Kim carded rounds of 70, 68 and 71 to get his score of 209, while Yelverton, who led after day one of play on Monday, turned in rounds of 69, 67 and 73 to post his three-round combined score of 209, -7 under par.

Redshirt-junior Daley Byles finished just outside the top-15 for the tournament, as the lefty posted rounds of 69, 73 and 73 to finish in a tie at 16th-place overall with a three-round combined score of 215, -1 under par.  Rounding out the scoring for GWU was freshman Clement Kurniawan, who finished in a tie at 23rd-place overall with his three rounds of 75, 73 and 69 to give him a three-round combined score of 217, +1, in his first intercollegiate tournament.  Junior Steven Jones recorded a three-round combined score of 226, +10, to finish in a tie for 60th-place overall for the two-day event.

Radford senior Weston Eklund carded a 3-under 69 in the final round of the Raines Development Group Intercollegiate to finish tied for fourth.  The Radford men's golf team finished ninth out of 16 teams.  Eklund finished with an aggregate score of 211 (72-70-69) to post his sixth career Top-5 showing.  The Charlottesville, Va. native led the field in par-4 scoring at 3-under-par.  He also tied for second in the field with 13 birdies through 54 holes.

Junior Callum Tarren fired a 221 (73-73-75) to finish tied for 38th, while freshman Conner Hayden tallied a 222 (72-79-71) to finish tied for 45th.  Junior Matt Harman ended up tied for 60th at 226 (72-74-80) and senior Wade Wawner turned in a 238 (83-75-80) to finish 82nd.  The Highlanders carded an 876 (289-292-295), eight shots out of the top five. 

Charleston Southern's Jarrett Swan and C.J. Liner closed out the final round with matching 70s at the Country Club of S.C. as the Buccaneers finished their first action of the 2012 season with a final score of 881 over the three-round tournament as CSU finished 11th overall at the Raines Development Group Intercollegiate tournament.

Swan finished just outside the top five, tying for sixth overall in the tournament after firing his second consecutive round under par.  After going 73-69 in his first two rounds, Swan closed out the tournament with a 70 to finish with a 212 overall, 4-under par in the tournament to finish tied for sixth overall.  Ross Thomson closed out the tournament 3-under par with a final round score of 73, carding a 213 over the three rounds to finish tied for 10th overall among the field.  Liner continued dropping his stroke total in the final round, following a first round 78 and second round 72, with a low round of 70, 2-under par to tie for 36th overall in the tournament with a 220.

Anthony Caroso closed out the final round with a 78, finishing the tournament with a 236 score, while Jason Fick carded an 80 over the final round, finishing with a 241 to close out the event.

The Presbyterian College men's golf team shot 891 (292, 295, 304) to finish 14th at the Raines Development Group Intercollegiate .  Sophomore Samuel Jackson shot a collegiate-best score of 216 (69, 72, 75) to lead the Blue Hose for the third time in his young career.  Junior Carter Davis shot the team's most consistent rounds to tie for 52nd at 223 (74, 75, 74).  Senior Andrew Garner reset his collegiate best at 227 (75, 73, 79) to tie for 64th.  Senior Matt Sizemore (Richmond, Va.) shot 228 (74, 75, 79) to tie for 68th, while sophomore Charlie Smiley finished one stroke back at 229 (76, 77, 76) to tie for 71st.

All together, the Blue Hose showed an improvement of 12 strokes from last season when the team shot 903 (308, 303, 292) and finished 15th overall.  Individually, Jackson improved nine strokes, Garner six, and Smiley three from their scores a year ago.

The High Point University men's golf team placed 15th in the 28th annual Raines Development Group Intercollegiate Tournament to open the season.  Senior Chase Wilson shot HPU's low for the day in the final round, carding a 73 (+1).

L.J. Georgetti and sophomore Sam Stewart each shot three-day totals of 221 to tie for 38th in the tournament.  Georgetti shot 73-69-79 and was the Panthers' leader through two rounds. Stewart shot 70-73-78.  Wilson carded rounds of 75 and 74 on Monday before posting a one-over 73 on Tuesday to finish at 222.  He tied for 45th overall.  Sophomore Charles Valluzzo finished with a three-day score of 232 (75-79-78) to tie for 75th and freshman Tommy Dillon totaled 241 (80-82-79) to tie for 83rd.

As a team, High Point shot 293 and 295 in the first two rounds on Monday before finishing with a 308 on Tuesday for a three-round total of 896.

New Big South member Longwood University posted a final round of 306 Tuesday in men's golf for a 54-hole score of 905 (303-296-306) to finish 16th among 16 teams at the Raines Development Group Intercollegiate.

Junior Dylan Jensen led the Lancers with his score of 76-73-73--222 that tied for 45th place among the field of 85.  Jensen was followed by sophomore Kyle Bodin (78-74-80--232, t-75th), as well as freshmen Mason Carmel (81-79-73--233, t-77th) and Alex O'Dell (79-75-80--234, t-79th).  Sophomore Blake Carter (70-74) had to withdraw after 10 holes of the final round due to an injury.  Carter still tied for eighth in par 4 scoring (4.00, E), and Carmel tied for third in eagles (1).

GWU will look to make it two tournament wins in a row next week, as the Runnin' Bulldogs will compete at the Tar Heel Intercollegiate on September 15-16th in Chapel Hill, N.C.  Up next for Radford, High Point and Longwood is the Joe Agee Invitational on Sept. 24-25.  The 54-hole tournament will be hosted by William & Mary and contested at Colonial Heritage Golf Club in Williamsburg, Va.

The Buccaneers continue their fall season in the Dash Thomas Memorial hosted by Boise State University at The Club at Spurwig on September 24-25.  The Blue Hose will return to play at the Rees Jones Invitational hosted by the University of South Carolina at Daufuskie Island, S.C., from October 1-3.

COASTAL CAROLINA TIES FOR SECOND AT GENE MIRANDA FALCON INVITE
Coastal Carolina had three individuals finish among the top 20 and the Chanticleers moved up two spots to tie for second at the 15-team Gene Miranda Invitational, hosted by Air Force at the par 72, 7,370-yard Eisenhower Golf Course.

Colorado won the event, shooting a 12-under 852, with Coastal and UNLV tying for second, each carding a 54-hole total of even par 864.

Senior Sebastian Soderberg led the Chants Monday and finished tied for third with a 5-under 211 (73-70-68).  The Ojersjo, Sweden, native started his round with a birdie, but would suffer a double-bogey on the third hole and a bogey on the seventh.  From that point, he showed why he is a three-time All-Big South selection by getting birdies on six of his next eight holes, including five straight, before closing his 4-under round of 68 with three pars.

Junior Roberto Ballesteros, who shared the lead after the opening round, turned in an even par round Monday and tied for sixth with a 3-under 213 (68-73-72).  Ballesteros carded 14 pars in the final round, turning in two birdies on the front nine and two bogeys on the back.

Sophomore Andrew Dorn shot a 2-over 74 Tuesday to move up four spots to 20th, marking his first career top 20 finish.  His 54-hole total of 219 (72-73-74) was additionally his best effort by five strokes.  Classmates Peter Valasek and Ben Wheeler tied for 44th, each with three-round totals of 8-over 224.  Valasek knocked four strokes off his second round score to shoot 73 in the final round, while Wheeler shot 76-74-74 for his 224.

Freshman Steven Lu, playing as an individual, concluded his collegiate debut with a 16-over 232 (78-78-76).

Coastal Carolina will return to action Sept. 23-24, playing in the annual Windon Memorial Classic.  The event is hosted by Northwestern and played in the Chicagoland area.

LIBERTY FINISHES THIRD AT NORTHERN INTERCOLLEGIATE
Two-time defending Big South champion Liberty began its quest for a third-straight title this weekend when the Flames opened their 2012-13 season with a third-place finish at the Northern Intercollegiate.

The Rich Harvest Farms course played tough all weekend with none of the 66 golfers in the Northern Illinois hosted event finishing under par.  Scoring average for the weekend was 78.36 on the par-71, 7,218-yard trek, voted No. 58 on Golf Digest's Top 100 American golf course list.

The Flames showed progress in each round, including a 16-shot improvement from their first to third round scores.  Liberty finished the weekend event with a 53-over par 905 (308-305-292) and was just two shots behind second-place finisher St. Mary's (Calif.), who posted a 51-over par 903 (306-301-296).  Indiana was the only team to relatively solve the Rich Harvest Farms course, winning the tournament by 15 strokes with a 36-over par 888 (308-291-289).

The Flames finished three strokes ahead of Purdue (310-304-294-908) and nine strokes ahead of Virginia (319-300-295-914) and UCF (301-312-301-914).

Liberty's Chase Marinell entered the final round of competition in a three-way tie for first place, but slipped into a share of fourth place following a closing four-over par 75 on Sunday.  Marinell (74-71-75) shared fourth place with Indiana's Brant Peaper (75-74-71) with both golfers finishing the event with a seven-over par 220.

Virginia's Denny McCarthy was one of three golfers to finish in red figures on Sunday, closing with a three-under par 68, to claim individual medalist honors by three strokes.  He finished the 54-hole event with a three-over 216 (74-74-68), placing him ahead of Iowa State's Scott Fernandez (74-74-71) and Indiana's Michael McGee (74-71-74).

Senior Max McKay returned to Liberty's starting line-up for the first time since last March and posted his 12th career Top 10 finish.  He carded a 10-over par 223 (76-77-70) to finish in 10th place. 

Following a tough second round where he carded a 13-over par 84, Niklas Lindstrom rebounded on Sunday to record Liberty's first sub-par round of the season.  The junior offset a pair of bogeys and a double bogey with four birdies and an eagle on Sunday to close with a one-under par 70.  Lindstrom finished the event tied for 27th place with a 19-over par 232 (78-84-70).

Mathieu Fenasse and Ian McConnell rounded out Liberty's final two golfers at the event.  Fenasse finished tied for 32nd place with a 22-over par 235 (80-78-77) and McConnell finished tied for 40th with a 25-over par 238 (80-79-79).

The Flames will play the second of their four tournament fall schedule next week when they travel to Toledo, Ohio, for a return trip to the Inverness Intercollegiate Invitational on Sept. 17 and 18.

CAMPBELL PLACES EIGHTH AT GOLFWEEK PROGRAM CHALLENGE
Amanjyot Singh tied for 9th individually and Campbell finished 8th in the team standings after Tuesday's final round of the Golfweek Program Challenge men's event at True Blue.

For the second-straight year, Campbell won the combined men's and women's program challenge.  With 1738 strokes, Campbell had 24 fewer than Central Arkansas (1762), which finished second in the women's tournament -- behind Campbell -- Tuesday at Caledonia Golf & Fish Club.

After leading through 36 holes, Campbell's men slipped to 18-over as a team on Tuesday and completed the three-day event in eighth place (282-290-306--878).  Central Arkansas (292-286-284--862) finished on top of the team standings at two-under 286 on the par-72, 6940-yard True Blue layout.  Jacksonville State was second (864).  Trey Smith of James Madison (68-67-70--205) claimed individual honors at 11-under-par, two strokes ahead of Central Arkansas' Austen Moix (71-68-68--207).

Singh shot a one-over-par 73 in his final round, which included four birdies.  The junior completed the tournament with 11 birdies and an eagle and was 2-under (70-71-73--214).

Campbell sophomore Grant Houser was second after 36 holes, but turned in an 80 on Tuesday and tied for 14th place (68-69-80--217).

In his collegiate debut, Campbell freshman Mikko Lehtovuori tied for 18th at two-over 218 (70-74-74).  Fellow freshman Jeremy Milton tied for 57th (82-76-79--237) and junior Harrison Ashworth was 59th (74-82-82--238).

Campbell continues its fall schedule Sept. 16-18 in the Golfweek Conference Challenge at Burlington, Iowa.