Hickey's Top 10 Finish Paces GW Golf at 2013 Atlantic 10 Championship
Freshman Ties for Seventh With 2-Under 214 Total, Colonials Finish Sixth
April 28, 2013
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. - George Washington golf freshman Howard Hickey fired a season-best 2-under par 70 on Sunday to finish tied for seventh overall at the 2013 Atlantic 10 Championship.
Hickey's three-round 2-under 214 (73-71-70) paced the Colonials to sixth place out of 13 teams at the tournament with a total of 11-over 875 (297-287-291) on the par-72, 7,208-yard Heron Bay Golf Club layout. The 875 marks the sixth-lowest 54-hole team total in program history, and second-lowest three-round score in the team's 34 appearances at the A-10 Championship.
"I am extremely proud of the way we came back over the final two rounds," said head coach Terry Shaffer. "It was great for the team to play some of its best golf of the season in this tournament." The Colonials shot below 300 in each round of A-10's after doing so only twice during the regular season, and fired their two lowest rounds of the season with Saturday's 1-under 287 and Sunday's 3-over 291.
Charlotte captured its seventh team title in the last eight years with a 20-under 844. A-10 newcomer VCU was runner-up at 12-under 852, while Temple finished third at 3-under 861. Xavier was the only other team to finish below par at 1-under 863, and Richmond edged GW by four shots at 7-over 871. Charlotte sophomore Raoul Menard claimed medalist honors in the 65-golfer field with a 9-under 207 (67-71-69).
Hickey registered five birdies on Sunday, including four on the back nine, to post the lowest round of his rookie season for the second straight day. He led the Colonials with 12 birdies over three rounds, and his 2-under 214 equals the 11th-best 54-hole total in program history.
"Howard was spectacular, and I'm particularly proud of his play over the last three tournaments," added Coach Shaffer. "He has showed great character and consistency to finish out his freshman season."
Freshman Steve Piela posted five birdies on Sunday en route to a 1-over 73 to finish in a tie for 22nd at 3-over 219 (75-71-73). Piela totaled eight birdies and two eagles on the par-5 16th - the only player in the field to eagle the hole - over the three rounds.
Sophomore Jack Persons tied for 28th with a three-round 5-over 221 (75-72-74). He had three back-nine birdies in his final round of 2-over 74 on Sunday and totaled nine birdies over 54 holes.
Sophomore Jonathan Dresnick recorded four birdies and a 60-yard pitch-in for eagle on the par-5 9th hole during a round of 2-over 74 on Sunday. He finished tied for 37th at 8-over 224 (74-76-74).
Freshman Carlos Pena went out in 1-over 37 to open Sunday's final round, but closed at 9-over 81 to finish in 60th place at 23-over 239 (85-73-81).
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