Men's Golf Finishes 11th at Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate
JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. - Thanks to a 4-under par final round by freshman States Fort, the Coastal Carolina Men's golf team moved up one spot to finish in 11th at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate, played at the par 72, 7,147-yard Blackthorn Club at the Ridges.
The Chanticleers finished with a 54-hole score of 867 after rounds of 295, 284 and 288. Virginia, ranked 17th nationally, won the 15-team event with a score of 829 (35 strokes under par). Missouri, ranked 24th, was second (842), followed by #14 Kent State (849) and UNC Wilmington (856). Only six strokes separated teams finishing fifth (Virginia Tech and host Tennessee State with a score of 861) and Coastal at 11th.
Fort was on pace for a school-record round as he was 9-under par through 17 holes, reeling off 10 birdies, five pars and one bogey. However, he suffered setbacks on his final two holes for a season-low 68 -- the team's fifth round in the 60's this season. Overall, Fort moved up 14 spots to finish in a tie for 65th with a 54-hole total of 224 (78-78-68).
Coastal was led at the event by Thadd Obecny II, who moved up five spots in the final round to finish in a tie for 22nd. The junior carded a 1-under par 71 Sunday and finished the three days with a career-best, 2-under par score of 214 (74-69-71). (Obecny's previous best, 54-hole score was 218.) Obecny started his day with pars on nine of first 10 holes with a birdie on his fifth hole. He then posted birdies on back-to-back holes to stand at 3-under through 14 holes. He gave a stroke back on his 17th hole, but posted a par on his final hole to finish with a 71. Obecny has four rounds at par or better in three events this season after having just six in his first two seasons combined.
Despite a final round 76 Sunday, sophomore Luis Ruiz established a career-low, 54-hole score of 219, which is three strokes better than his previous best. Ruiz had rounds of 73-70-76 for his 3-over 219 to finish in a tie for 38th.
Olle Widegren, playing as an individual, also finished in a tie for 38th with a score of 219, which ties for his second-best, 54-hole score for his career. Widegren opened with a 2-under 70 but shot a 77 in round two to fall to 58th place. With his round of even-par 72 Sunday, the senior jumped 16 spots to tie for 38th.
Coastal Carolina will play is fourth and final event of the fall with its second trip to Kiawah Island this season to play at the CSU Wendy's Classic at Turtle Point Golf Club from Nov. 1-3.