Seven Big South Men's Golfers Post Top 10 Finishes This Week


Coastal Carolina had three golfers finish among the top 20 and the team posted a score of 2-under 862 to tie for sixth in the 13-team East Tennessee State Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate, played at the par 72, 7,147-yard Blackthorn Club at The Ridges.

Sebastian Soderberg placed among the top eight for the third time in three events this season, finishing tied for 8th with a 3-under 213 (71-70-72).  Roberto Ballesteros recorded his second top six finish by tying for sixth with a 4-under 212 (73-68-71).  Andrew Dorn was Coastal's third top 20 finisher, tying for 17th, to mark best career finish as he shot a 1-over 217 (70-74-73).

The field featured five teams ranked among the nation's top 40, including #37 Coastal Carolina.  Missouri, ranked 12th, turned in the second-best round of the day (286) to move past #31 Tennessee for team medialist honors.  The Tigers finished with a 7-under 857 (285-286-286), one stroke better than the Volunteers (280-287-291=858).  UNC Wilmington charged up four spots to third, thanks to a team-best 7-under 281 Sunday, finishing with a 54-hole total of 859.  Memphis placed fourth (860), followed by Virginia (861), Coastal (862), #21 Wake Forest (862) and #39 Virginia Tech (869).

Ballesteros had 13 pars on the final day and was sitting at 3-under par through 13 holes before bogeys on the par 5 14th hole and the par 4 18th forced the junior to settle for his 1-under 71.  This marks the second time this season Ballesteros has finished an event at 3-under par and the fourth time in his career he have finished an event under par.

Soderberg had yet another impressive tournament.  The senior entered the event as the nation's 58th-ranked golfer and he proved why by shooting par or better in each of his three rounds.  Through three events, he has now shot par or better in six of his nine rounds.  Soderberg was on track to finish as high as third, but he suffered a triple bogey on the par four 17th hole to go from 3-under to even par for the day.

Dorn, who was in a tie for fourth after the first round, was standing at 3-over par through 11 holes in the final round before posting birdies on holes 12 and 17 to register his 1-over par 73.  In addition to the 17th-place finish being the best of his career, the 54-hole score of 217 is his best by two strokes.  His previous bests were finishing with a 219 and tying for 20th in the team's first event of 2012-13.

Ben Wheeler and Peter Valasek rounded out Coastal's scoring.  Wheeler, the reigning Big South Freshman of the Year, tied for 42nd after shooting a 1-over 73 Sunday and carding a 5-over 221 (77-71-73) for the tournament.  Valasek, who tied for 19th at last week's World Amateur Team Championship in Turkey, finished 62nd with a three-day tally of 226 (77-73-76).  Kevin Vanden Heuvel played the event as an individual and the junior placed 71st with a score of 243 (78-82-83).

Coastal Carolina will conclude its fall portion of the 2012-13 schedule Oct. 31-Nov. 2 at the annual Gifford Collegiate, hosted by UCLA at the CordeValle Golf Club.

The Flames wrapped up the fall portion of their 2012-13 schedule with a three-under par 285 to climb into fourth place following the final round of the Rod Myers Invitational on Sunday.

Liberty carded its second-best, 18-hole team score of the fall, allowing the Flames to move three additional spots up the leaderboard.  After round one of the Duke-hosted event, Liberty was in 10th place out of 11 teams.

Following back-to-back sub-par rounds, Liberty closed the 54-hole event in fourth place with an eight-over par 872 (301-286-285).  Sunday's final round score fell one shot short of its best 18-hole team total of the fall, a four-under par 284 to open the Rees Jones Invitational on Oct. 1.

Duke carded a 12-under par 852 (287-287-278) to easily win the two-day event by 12 strokes over North Carolina on the par-72, 7,154-yard The Duke Golf Club, winning its own event for the second year in a row.  North Carolina took second place with an even par 864 (288-293-283), followed by Charlotte, who finished in third place with a three-over par 867 (285-291-291).

Liberty had the third-best round on Sunday to help secure its fourth top five finish of the fall season. 

Duke's Julian Suri (70-69-70) and North Carolina's Clark Palmer (69-70-70) both finished atop the 64-man individual leaderboard with a seven-under par 209 to share medalist honors.

Liberty's top golfer in the field was senior Max McKay, who finished in a six-way tie for 10th place with an even par 216 (74-71-71).  McKay birdied four of his last six holes on the day to get back to level par for the final round and the event.  The senior posted three top 10 finishes in four events this fall.

Ian McConnell finished one shot behind McKay and shared 16th place with a one-over par 217 (72-72-68).  The junior had two birdies and an eagle on the par-5, No. 9 holes, his last of the day, to card the lowest individual round of the final 18 holes and his second four-under par 68 of the fall schedule.

Chase Marinell completed his fourth top 20 finish of the fall with three-over par 219 (73-72-74).  The Flames' fall scoring average leader (73.1) had an up-and-down final round with six bogeys and four birdies, but he closed strong with his fourth and final birdie on his closing hole.

Niklas Lindstrom was one of two Flames on the day to card five birdies in 18 holes, but he mixed in two double bogeys and a bogey for an even par 72 on the final day.  His fifth round of the fall at level par or better to enable him to finish tied for 25th place with a four-over par 220 (77-71-72).

Liberty's final golfer in the field was senior Andrew Colvin, who finished tied for 55th place with a 16-over par 232 (78-78-76).  Colvin was at one-under par through six holes, but a run of three bogeys and a double bogey dropped him down the leaderboard.  He did manage to birdie the par-5, No. 9 hole, which was Liberty's closing hole that saw the team finish a combined six-under par on the day.

The 54-hole Duke event concludes Liberty's fall schedule.

Choo Teck Ng led the Charleston Southern Buccaneers on the final day and Jarrett Swan finished in the top 10 as CSU finished sixth overall in the team standings at the WKU Kenny Perry Invitational hosted at The Club at Olde Stone.

Ng was the lone CSU golfer to shoot in the 70s on the final day for the Bucs.  The tournament conditions continued to play a factor on the course with winds holding all golfers over par for the second time in three days as more than half the field shot in the 80s over the final 18 holes.  The sophomore carded a final round 78 to finish the tournament with a 242, tying for 24th overall.

Charleston Southern finished four strokes behind tournament host Western Kentucky as the Hilltoppers claimed the fifth spot with a score of 965.  Jacksonville State claimed top team honors with a final score of 928, while Louisville finished two strokes back in second, while Austin Peay State was five strokes off the lead in third place.

Swan continued to lead the CSU golf team, remaining in tournament contention until then end before finishing the final round with an 80 as the sophomore placed eighth overall on the course, finishing with a 233 for the three rounds.

Junior Ross Thomson followed rounds of 82-78 with a final round 83 to tie for 28th overall, while freshman Nicolas Baena carded scores of 81-88-82 on the tournament to finish tied for 46th overall with a 251 on the course.  Junior Jason Fick rounded out the group on the course for the Bucs, finishing with his best round of the tournament in carding an 83 to finish in sole possession of 58th. 

Charlie Bull won medalist honors at the tournament finishing with a score of 225 (+9) in leading Akron to a fourth place team finish.

Charleston Southern returns to the links on Sunday, October 28th, when CSU hosts the three-day Wendy's Kiawah Classic at the Turtle Point Golf Club on Kiawah Island, S.C.

Winthrop finished fifth in the second annual Collegiate Classic hosted by Georgia State that wrapped up Tuesday afternoon at Berkeley Hills Country Club.  Senior Kamito Hirai tied for second in medal play by firing a 1-under par 212 in the par 71, 54-hole event.

The Eagles fired sub-300 scores in all three rounds to shoot 885 (294-293-298), four shots behind fourth place Chattanooga.  Mercer claimed third place at 874 while host Georgia State was second with a 866.  Georgia Southern claimed the championship of the 16-team field by shooting 859.

Hirai continued his strong fall season by closing with a 68 on Tuesday after shooting 71 and 73 during Monday's two rounds to finish in a three-way tie for second and just two shots behind South Carolina's Dykes Harbin who held on to earn low medalist honors.

Junior Cameron Bell tied for 19th at 221 (76-70-75).  Sophomore Taylor Dickson tied for 31st at 225 (73-76-76).  Finishing in a tie for 50th place was sophomore Damon Postal with a 229 (74-76-79).  Freshman Nick Eberhardt closed out Winthrop scoring with a 231 (77-74-80) as he tied for 60th place.

The Eagles will close out the fall season at the Kiawah Island Intercollegiate Oct. 28-30.

High Point sophomore Sam Stewart set an 18-hole school record and senior Chase Wilson secured his second-consecutive individual medal as the High Point University men's golf team finished in fourth place out of 17 teams at the Donald Ross Intercollegiate in Morganton, N.C., on Tuesday.  High Point shot a one-under 279 in the final round to finish with a total of 867.

The Panthers' score of 279 marks a Division I low for the team while the one-under par finish at the Par-70 Mimosa Hills Golf & Country Club is High Point's third-best finish under par.  HPU shot a five-under 283 at the 2010 Sea Trail Invitational and a three-under 285 at the 2012 Coca-Cola Invitational.  HPU was led on the day by Stewart who carded a five-under 65, the lowest 18-hole score in High Point's Div. I era.  Stewart finished the day in the red thanks to five birdies and 13 pars.

Wilson entered the final round in second, two-strokes behind Casey Komline of Appalachian State, after turning in a one-under 69 in the first round and two-under 68 in the second.  The senior struggled at the start of the third round and entered the turn at four-over but bounced back with three birdies in his final nine holes to card a one-over 71 and finish with a 54-hole score of 208 (69-68-71).  Wilson won his second individual medal of the season by one stroke over Komline, who shot a four-over 74 in the final round.

After posting scores of 73 and 78 in the first two rounds, Stewart's third-round 65 propelled him into a tie for 16th with a score of 216 (73-78-65).  Fellow sophomore Charles Valluzzo shot a three-over 73 for the second-consecutive round and ended the tournament in a tie for 39th with a score of 221 (75-73-73).

Freshman McKay Tye carded an even-par 70 in the final round and finished in a tie for 42nd with a total score of 222 (75-77-70).  Senior Brian Sullivan finished in 88th in his first tournament of the season, shooting an 80 in the final round to finish with a score of 242 (83-79-80).

Lynn University claimed the team title with a total score of 854, winning by one stroke over James Madison which finished in second with a score of 855. Wofford ended the tournament in third with a score of 860 while Elon finished just behind High Point in fifth with a score of 874.

The Presbyterian College men's golf team finished sixth at the Donald Ross Intercollegiate with a score of 876 (289, 301, 286).  The Blue Hose moved up four places on Tuesday with their strong final round on the par-70 course.

Sophomore Samuel Jackson shot a three-under 67 for the final round to move into 11th place with a score of 214 (74, 73, 67).  Junior Carter Davis shot even par 70 on the final day to move up to tie for 20th at 217 (71, 76, 70).

Freshman Davis Parker shot a collegiate-best 218 (72, 71, 75) to finish 8-over par and tie for 27th.  Senior Matt Sizemore recovered from a second-round slip to shoot 229 (73, 82, 74) and finish tied for 62nd.  Sophomore Charlie Smiley shot 234 (73, 81, 80) to tie for 73rd.

Longwood University posted rounds of 310 and 291 Tuesday in men's golf for a 54-hole score of 904 (303-310-291) to finish in a tie for 14th place among 17 teams at the Donald Ross Intercollegiate.

Freshmen Alex O'Dell led the Lancers with his score of 71-77-69--217 that tied for 20th among the field of 93.

O'Dell posted new collegiate-bests for 18 (69) and 54 holes (217), and his final round of 69 tied for fifth-best on the day.  He was followed by sophomore Blake Carter (73-77-72--222, t-42nd), junior Dylan Jensen (78-79-74--231, t-67th), sophomore Jason Schumacher (85-77-76--238, t-82nd) and freshman Christian Rivera (81-84-81--246, 91st).  It was also a 54-hole collegiate-best for Carter.

Gardner-Webb senior Daniel Kim posted a top-five finish, as the Runnin' Bulldogs finished 16th overall in the team standings at the Donald Ross Intercollegiate.  In what was inclement weather for most of the two-day event, Gardner-Webb turned in team rounds of 294, 309 and 303 to finish with a three-round combined score of 906, +66.

Kim led the Runnin' Bulldogs on all three days, as he carded rounds of 70, 73 and 68 to finish in a tie for fourth-place overall with a combined tournament score of 211, +1.  Kim registered eight birdies overall.

Sophomore Matt Yelverton and freshman Clement Kurniawan each finished in a tie for 70th-place overall with their scores of 233, +23.  Yelverton turned in rounds of 76, 78 and 79 for his 233, +23, while Kurniawan recorded rounds of 74, 79 and 80 for the two-day event.

Rounding out the competitors for GWU was Arron Price and Daley Byles.  Price shot a two-day score of 236, +26, to finish in a tie at 79th-place, while Byles posted rounds of 74, 79 and 84 to come in 81st-place overall with a combined score of 237, +27.

Gardner-Webb and High Point will be in action this Saturday, October 20 in Gardner-Webb vs. High Point Duals at The Patriot Golf Club in Ninety-Six, S.C.  Presbyterian next plays Oct. 28 in the Kiawah Island Classic.  The three-day tournament includes High Point and will be hosted by Charleston Southern at the Turtle Point Golf Club.  Longwood will play again at the OBX Collegiate on October 21-23, a 54-hole event hosted by Old Dominion University in Powells Point, North Carolina.