GOODYEAR, Ariz. – The Coastal Carolina University men’s golf team fired its third straight under-par round but fell off the pace, finishing third at the 2009 Desert Shootout, March 19-21. The three-day, 54-hole tournament, hosted by the University of Denver, was played at Palm Valley Golf Club (Par 72 - 7,015 yards) in Goodyear, Ariz.
After shooting a pair of rounds under 280, the Chanticleers posted their third straight under-par round with a 5-under 283 to finish at a school-record 28-under 838. Host Denver won the team title with a 54-hole total of 829, one shot better than runner-up Tulsa and nine shots ahead of Coastal Carolina. Overall, 10 of the 14 teams posted under-par scores for the tournament.
Redshirt senior Zack Byrd (Calabash, N.C./Byrd Academy) posted his fourth runner-up and sixth top-20 finish of the year, shooting a school-record 9-under 63 in the final round to move up to tie for second with Tulsa's Nicolas Geyger at 15-under 201. The three-round total of 201 ties for the second best 54-hole score in program history. Tom Whitney of Air Force took home medalist honors with a 16-under 200.
Junior Sam Lyons (Little River, S.C./North Myrtle Beach) had his second top-10 and third top-20 finish of the year as he tied for ninth at 6-under 209. Redshirt freshman Drew Ernst (Seneca, S.C./Seneca) and sophomore Tripp McAllister (Lake City, S.C./The Carolina Academy) also finished the event under par for the team, as both tied for 33rd at 1-under 215. Junior Dan Obremski (Irwin, Pa./Penn-Trafford) rounded out the Chanticleers' team effort in a tie for 42nd at 1-over 217.
Individually, sophomore David Dannelly (Easley, S.C./Easley) tied for 27th at 2-under 215. with freshman Charlie Winegardner (Lothian, Md./Calverton School) shooting two under-par rounds during the tournament and finishing in a tie for 37th at even-par 216. Sophomore Alan Lee (Lima, Peru/Heritage Academy (Arkansas)) was the final Chant, placing 57th at 4-over 220.
Coastal Carolina returns to the course Saturday-Sunday, April 4-5 at the Administaff/Augusta State Invitational at Forest Hills Golf Club in Augusta, Ga.
Team Results Scores
1. Denver 271-277-281=829
2. Tulsa 275-281-274=830
3. Coastal Carolina 278-277-283=838
4. Kansas 282-279-279=840
5. Kansas State 287-276-282=845
6. Iowa State 287-282-282=851
7. Air Force 278-290-287=855
Southern Utah 278-292-285=855
9. Boise State 283-282-296=861
10. Nebraska 290-289-283=862
11. Missouri State 294-289-292=875
12. Northern Iowa 293-290-300=883
13. Cleveland State 287-296-301=884
14. Utah Valley 292-300-296=888
Individual Results (Top 5 Plus Coastal Carolina)
1. Tom Whitney (Air Force) 64-69-67=200
2. Zack Byrd (Coastal) 69-69-63=201
Nicolas Geyger (Tulsa) 64-73-64=201
4. Robert Streb (Kansas State) 68-69-66=203
5. Nate Barbee (Kansas) 70-67-67=204
t9. Sam Lyons (Coastal) 69-65-74=208
t27. David Dannelly (Coastal-Ind.) 68-73-73=214
t33. Tripp McAllister (Coastal) 71-72-72=215
t33. Drew Ernst (Coastal) 70-71-74=215
t37. Charlie Winegardner (Coastal-Ind.) 67-69-80=216
t42. Dan Obremski (Coastal) 70-73-74=217
57. Alan Lee (Coastal-Ind.) 74-68-78=220