GW Golf Posts Best Finish of Season at Towson Invitational
Persons, Heda Both Finish in Top 20 for Second Time This Season
April 1, 2014
GRASONVILLE, Md. - Junior Jack Persons and freshman Michael Heda both recorded top-20 showings to help GW golf to its best finish of the season in sixth place at the Whiting-Turner Towson Invitational.
The 36-hole event concluded on Prospect Bay Country Club's par-72, 6,761-yard layout on Tuesday with the Colonials closing with a 14-over-par 302 team total - the team's fifth-best score in relation to par this season - to finish in sixth place at 37-over 613, just one shot behind a fourth-place tie between host Towson and Seton Hall.
GW's sixth-place showing and 16-5 win-loss record against the 22-team field is its best of the 2013-14 season so far with only the Greenbrier Invitational on April 14-15 remaining in the regular season before the 2014 A-10 Championship at TPC Tampa from April 25-27.
"I'm very pleased that we're starting to get competitive," said first-year Head Coach Chuck Scheinost. "I think we're starting to see that if we can eliminate some of the mistakes and start putting together good rounds we can contend in the conference."
Atlantic 10 rival VCU won the team title at 22-over 598 (301-297), followed by runner-up Fairleigh Dickinson at 27-over 603 (299-304) and third place Northern Colorado at 30-over 606 (309-297). FDU's U Minn Woon won the individual title at 2-over 146 (74-72).
Junior Jack Persons and freshman Michael Heda carded solid closing rounds on Tuesday to finish inside the top 20 for the second time this season as both tied for 17th place in the 115-player field at 8-over 152.
Persons (80-72-152) had three birdies and three bogeys en route to a closing even-par 72, which matched the fifth-best round in the field and moved him up 28 spots on the leaderboard on Tuesday. Heda (78-74-152) made two of his four birdies on Tuesday over the final two holes to finish with a 2-over 74.
"I was very glad to see Jack bounce back and play a really solid round today and with how Michael finished by grinding out two late birdies," said Coach Scheinost.
Sophomore Steve Piela was the lone player in the field to eagle the par-5 first hole on Tuesday as he closed with a 4-over 76 and tied for 33rd place at 11-over 155. Sophomore Michael Helton tied for 48th at 13-over 157 (77-80) and senior Benton Kircher tied for 70th at 17-over 161 (77-84).
Playing as an individual and starting on the back nine on Tuesday, freshman Lucas Farmer came in with a 3-under 33 on the front side to card a 6-over 78 for the second straight day and finish tied for 41st at 12-over 156 (78-78).