GW Golf Progresses With Strong Finish at Seminole Intercollegiate
Helton Closes Strong to Set Career-Low 54-Hole Total
March 16, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - GW golf bettered its team total each round to climb to a 12th-place showing at the competitive Seminole Intercollegiate hosted by nationally ranked Florida State this weekend.
After opening with a team-total of 20-over-par 308 in Friday's first round, GW improved to 12-over 300 and 8-over 296 over the final two rounds on Saturday as the event was shortened to two days due to expected inclement weather on Sunday.
All three of the Colonials' team scores ranked among their lowest eight in relation to par this season, with the final round 296 marking their fourth time below 300 and equaling their second-lowest total.
With the improved scores, GW moved ahead of Western Kentucky for 12th place at 40-over 904. Mercer held off late charges from both host FSU and nationally ranked USF to win the event by six shots at 8-under 856.
Freshman Michael Heda opened with a 1-under 71 and posted GW's highest individual finish in a tie for 33rd at 7-over 223 (71-78-74).
Junior Jack Persons bounced back from an opening 79 with rounds of 3-over 75 and 1-over 73 on Saturday to tie for 49th at 11-over 227 (79-75-73). Sophomore Michael Helton also finished strong on Saturday, playing 1-over golf over 36 holes to finish 52nd at a career-best tying 54-hole total of 12-over 228 (83-72-73).
"Overall, I'm pleased by our performance as we're putting ourselves in position to finish off rounds and put together good scores," said Head Coach Chuck Scheinost. "We were very close to scoring well and climbing the leaderboard in each round considering the strength of the field."
GW will step away from competitive play next weekend to participate in its Wounded Warrior Ryder Cup with the Salute Military Golf Association at Argyle Country Club in Silver Spring, Md., on Saturday, March 22. The Colonials return to tournament action on March 30-April 1 at Towson's Whiting-Turner Invitational at Prospect Bay Country Club in Grasonville, Md.