SPARTANBURG, SC – After a record setting first day at the 26th Coca-Cola Wofford Invitational, scores rose considerably during Tuesday’s final round of competition due to blustery, cold and rainy conditions.
The result was a shuffling throughout the field of the 15-team tournament. The Stetson Hatters had a chance to make a move up the standings, but had several players get off to bad starts on Tuesday, resulting in a 14th place finish.
Lamar came from 11 shots back of day one leader Elon, blowing past the Flames by four strokes to take the team title. The Cardinals posted a 276 in Tuesday’s final round to finish the tournament with a score of 31-under par 833. Elon posted a final round score of three over par 291 to fall into second.
The host Wofford Terriers finished third at 24-under par 840.
The Hatters were on their way to posting their best three-round tournament score of the year after Monday scores of 293 and 291, but Stetson finished Tuesday with a score of 306. The Hatters finished four shots behind Western Carolina (886) and 11 behind A-Sun foe USC Upstate (879).
“I was really proud of the way the guys played on Monday,” Stetson coach Larry Watson said. “It was certainly the best day of golf we have had this year. The weather was a much bigger factor on Tuesday, and the scores reflected that.”
Freshman Dirk Kuehler led the Hatters, finishing the tournament with an even par score of 216 to tie for 28th. Kuehler had three birdies and five bogeys on Tuesday en route to a final round 74.
Elon’s John Somers was able to hold on for medalist honors despite a one-over par 73 on Tuesday. His total score of 10-under par 206 was still two shots better than Lamar teammates Gustav Burenstam and Stephane Dubois, who closed with rounds of 68 and 67 respectively to finish at 208 along with Wofford’s Andrew Novak and TCU’s Julien Brun.
Sophomore Andrew Peterson had the second best round of the day for Stetson, finishing with a 75. His round hit a speed bump after a late weather delay when he had a triple bogey on hole No. 4. He bounced back with a birdied and then had four pars to finish. Peterson tied for 45th overall with his total of 221.
Junior Matt Taylor finished tied for 81st after a Tuesday round of 84 left him with a total score of 235.
The Hatters will now set their sights on the final event of the year – The Atlantic Sun Championship. That event is scheduled to begin on Monday, April 21, at The Legends Club at Chateau Elan in Braselton, Ga.