|Hatters Stumble Down the Stretch in Charleston|
HOLLYWOOD, SC – After jumping out to an early lead on Monday with their lowest team round of the year, the Stetson Hatters men’s golf team was unable to maintain momentum and finished eighth at the Charleston Shootout.
The event was co-hosted by the College of Charleston and Charleston Southern at the Links at Stono Ferry, which played to a par of 72 at 6,756 yards for the tournament.
The Hatters opened the tournament with a sparkling round of 290, but finished the second round, which was completed on Tuesday after being called for darkness Monday afternoon, with a score of 306.
The struggles continued in the final round on Tuesday, as the Hatters finished with a 310.
Atlantic Sun Conference member USC Upstate was just one shot behind Stetson after the first round, and continued to play well, winning the tournament by five shots over Sam Houston State. The Spartans followed their opening round score of 291 with a 288 in the second round. The sealed their victory with a 302 on Tuesday for a final score of 881.
Sam Houston State (886) edged Bethune-Cookman (890) for second with Charleston Southern (894) and Fairleigh Dickinson (898) rounding out the top five.
Easton Renwick of Coastal Carolina was a three-way playoff for top individual honors, topping John Duke Hudson of the College of Charleston and Hayden Garrett of Clemson on the third playoff hole. All three players finished the event at even par 216.
Stetson freshman Dustin Dingus went into the final round in the hunt for individual honors, but his final round score of 80 dropped him from a tie for third to a tie for 13th in the final standings. Dingus was three under par going into the final round, but finished at 221.
Dingus ran into trouble at the end of his first nine holes on Tuesday, posting double bogeys on both 16 and 18.
Freshman Michael Primavera had his best round of the event on Tuesday, a two-over par 74, to finish tied for 26th with an overall nine over par score of 225. Like Dingus, he had trouble at the end of his first nine holes on Tuesday, posting double bogeys on both 16 and 17.
Sophomore Matt Taylor got off to a strong start in the tournament with an opening 71, but struggled in the next two round to finish at 12 over par 228 in a tie for 39th.
Stetson’s other two freshmen finished one shot a part. Jose Rosales Cruz finished tied for 62nd with a 23 over par score of 239 and Brian Kehoe tied for 64th with a 24 over par score of 240.
The Hatters will be back in action on March 16-17 at the Mission Inn Spectacular at the Los Colinas Course in Howie-in-the-Hills.