GW Golf Finishes Strong at Bash at the Beach
Colonials Break 900 for Second Time This Season With Final Round 292
March 12, 2014
NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Senior Benton Kircher, junior Jack Persons and sophomore Michael Helton all set or matched season- or career-lows to help GW golf finish strong in the final round of Appalachian State's Bash at the Beach on Tuesday.
Persons carded a season-low for the second consecutive round with a 2-under-par 69 on Tuesday to record the highest individual finish for GW this season in a tie for 14th place among 96 golfers at 2-over 215. The 69 is the third-best round shot by a GW golfer this season and comes on the heels of Persons' even-par 71 in Monday's second round.
Freshman Lucas Farmer added a 2-over 73, Kircher matched his career-low at 3-over 74 and rookie Michael Heda closed at 5-over 76 to help GW post a final round team score of 8-over 292, its second-lowest of the season to date, trailing only the 285 shot in the final round of November's ODU/OuterBanks Intercollegiate.
The 292 helped the Colonials break 900 as team for the second time this season, finishing in 14th place with a three-round 47-over 899 (300-307-292). USC Upstate erased a five-shot deficit to surpass Day 1 leader Radford to capture the event title at 3-under 849, while Gardner-Webb's Blake Maum cruised to a five-shot individual victory at 9-under 204.
"I'm very proud of how the guys played. We set a goal of 292 to break 900 and we're excited we were able to hit that goal today," said first-year Head Coach Chuck Scheinost. "I'm also proud of Jack, who bounced back from a tough finish yesterday and played a really solid round, as well as Michael Helton, who drove the ball well and got the putter going today."
Helton, who competed as an individual, fired a career-low even-par 71, edging his previous career-best of 72 from at the ECU Pirate Intercollegiate this past November, en route to a 54-hole personal-best 17-over 230 (79-80-71) and tie for 73rd.
Heda finished in a tie for 48th at 10-over 223 (70-77-76), Kircher tied for 77th at 18-over 231 (78-79-74), Farmer tied for 81st at 22-over 235 (82-80-73) and sophomore Steve Piela tied for 83rd at 23-over 236 (77-81-78).
Also competing as individuals, senior Graham Lawyer fired a 3-over 74 on Tuesday to join Helton in a tie for 73rd at 17-over 230 (78-78-74), and sophomore Carlos Pena placed 90th at 35-over 248 (89-79-80).
"Overall, I'm pleased with our performance," summed Coach Scheinost. "We still have a lot of work to do moving forward, but we're happy to have some positive momentum that we'll try to continue into the end of the week."
GW will continue further south to Tallahassee, Fla., to compete in Florida State's three-day Seminole Intercollegiate at Southwood Golf Club this Friday-Sunday, March 14-16. The Colonials will send Persons, Heda, Piela, Farmer and Helton to battle the 13-team field highlighted by 17th-ranked FSU and No. 21 USF. Golfstat live scoring will be available for the tournament here.