Helton, Persons Finish in Top 20 to Lead GW Golf at Greenbrier

Sophomore Michael Helton set a career-low 54-hole total of 223 at the Greenbrier Collegiate Invitational.

April 15, 2014

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WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. - Junior Jack Persons and sophomore Michael Helton both posted top-20 finishes, with Helton setting a career-low 54-hole total, as GW golf concluded its regular season with the final round of the Greenbrier Collegiate Invitational on Tuesday.

GW registered a team total of 22-over-par 302 during a cold, wet and windy final round at the Greenbrier's par-70, 6,895-yard Old White TPC course on Tuesday morning. The Colonials finished in fifth place out of seven teams at 57-over 897 (299-296-302), the team's third sub-900 total of the season.

Marshall (284-284-295--863) withstood a late charge from event co-host Bowling Green (295-287-285--867) to win the team title by four shots, while the Falcons' Jose Narro cruised to an eight-shot individual victory at 4-under 206 (70-67-69).

Persons and Helton each tied for 15th place in the 43-player field at 13-over-par 223. It marked the team-best third top-20 finish of the season for Persons (69-78-76), who closed with a 6-over 76 on Tuesday. Persons' final round included two birdies to bring his tournament total to eight, tied for sixth-best in the field.

Helton fired a final round 5-over 75 to set a new career-low 54-hole total of 223 (74-74-75) and finish in the top 20 for the first time in 14 career events.

Freshman Michael Heda carded the Colonials' best round on Tuesday, firing a 4-over 74 to finish tied for 22nd at 15-over 225 (79-72-74).

Rookie Lucas Farmer, who equaled the tournament-high with 36 pars, and sophomore Carlos Pena, who played as an individual, both tied for 28th at 19-over 229. Farmer posted a 7-over 77 on Tuesday to finish at 229 (79-73-77), while Pena closed with a season-low 5-over 75 to match at 229 (78-76-75).

Senior Benton Kircher finished in a tie for 35th at 25-over 235 (77-77-81).

GW returns to action in just over a week at the 2014 Atlantic 10 Championship at TPC Tampa Bay in Lutz, Fla., on April 25-27. The Colonials will join with GW Alumni's Tampa Bay network for a pre-tournament alumni reception and clinic at TPC Tampa Bay on Thursday, April 24 from 5-7 p.m.



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