|Ryder Ties School Record In Taking Hatter Classic|
Stetson senior Sam Ryder went into Tuesday’s final round at the Stetson Invitational knowing that he needed to play another solid round to hold off his top challengers.
After a double bogey on number four, followed by a bogey on six, combined with an birdie by High Point’s Chase Wilson on six, wiped out his four stroke lead, Ryder bore down and went back to work.
Ryder closed his first nine at Victoria Hills Golf Club with consecutive birdies on eight and nine to regain the lead, and then ran his birdie streak to four with consecutive birds on 10 and 11 to push his lead back to three shots. He then closed with birdies on 15 and 18 to put the tournament away and, in the process, tie for the lowest three-round tournament score in Stetson history.
Ryder nine-under par 207 broke the old tournament record, set last year by Daniel Mazziotta of Florida Gulf Coast, for low individual by three shots and tied the Stetson mark of 209 set by Francis McCahill at the 2001 Stetson Intercollegiate.
“Sam got off to a little bit of a rough start, but once he got things rolling you could tell he had things in hand,” Hatters coach Bob Weickel said.
Florida Gulf Coast took the team title for a third straight year and fourth time in five years. The Eagles had four players finish in order behind Ryder and Wilson from third to sixth. FGCU’s team score of 870 was 23 shots better than High Point in second place.
Stetson tied with Bethune-Cookman in third with a three-day score of 899.
Behind Ryder, Stetson senior Micah Jacobsen earned a tie for 10th place after closing with a 76 to finish at 222. Sophomore Tyler White, who was playing as an individual, finished tied for 20th with a total score of 231.
Freshman Matt Taylor finished tied for 32nd (234), senior Andrew Schiano tied for 36th (237) and freshman Blake Snellings finished 39th (240). Sophomore Ed Waller, who also played as an individual, finished tied for 41st (242).
The Hatters are done with competition for the fall. Stetson will return to action at the end of February in the Charleston Shootout in Charleston, SC.