Lawyer's Career-Best Leads GW Golf on Final Day of ODU/OBX
Senior Fires 3-Under 68 as Colonials Card Best Round Since 2012 A-10 Championship
Oct. 22, 2013
POWELLS POINT, N.C. - Paced by senior Graham Lawyer's career-low 3-under-par 68, GW golf registered its lowest team total of the fall season for the second straight day with a 1-over 285 in Tuesday's final round en route to a tie for 14th at the Old Dominion/OuterBanks Intercollegiate.
Lawyer bettered his previous career-best by three shots, freshman Michael Heda fired an even-par 71 for his third round of par-or-better in his opening two collegiate tournaments, and sophomore Michael Helton shot a career-low 2-over 73 to pace the Colonials in the final round on the par-71, 6,550-yard Kilmarlic Golf Club layout.
The team total of 285 is the lowest for GW since consecutive 284s in winning the 2012 Atlantic 10 Championship, and matches the seventh-lowest team total in program history.
GW tied new Atlantic 10 rival George Mason for 14th at 39-over 891 (308-298-285). Fellow A-10 foe VCU recorded the lowest team round of the tournament on Tuesday with a 13-under 271 for a winning score of 9-under 843 (294-278-271), besting runner-up Maryland by nine strokes.
"I'm very proud of how our guys played this week, we made some great strides as a program," said first-year Head Coach Chuck Scheinost. "We put ourselves in much better positions to score this week and gave ourselves good looks with solid wedge play. The difference between yesterday and today is we started to see some of those putts fall."
Heda finished tied for 19th out of 92 players at 2-over 215 (71-73-71), eight shots behind a three-way tie at the top at 6-under 207. Marshall's Logan Lagodich edged out VCU's Rocky Khara and Old Dominion's Jamison Randall in a one-hole playoff for medalist honors.
Heda's 39 total pars tied for third-most in the field, while his Par-3 (T-3rd, 1-under) and Par-5 (T-10th, 5-under) scoring were among the best in the event.
"Michael played solid all week. He once again led the team in playing smart golf - finding fairways and greens," said Coach Scheinost.
Lawyer improved to a tie for 54th at 10-over 223 (82-73-68), closely followed by junior Jack Persons, who also fired a 2-over 73 on Tuesday to tie for 56th at 11-over 224 (75-76-73).
Helton tied for 77th at 17-over 230 (80-77-73), and freshman Lucas Farmer finished 88th at 28-over 241 (86-76-79).
"We know that this is a great step in the right direction, but there is still a lot of work to be done," added Coach Scheinost. "We're excited to tighten a few things up over the next few days before heading out to East Carolina this weekend."
GW returns to North Carolina for ECU's Pirate Intercollegiate in Greenville, N.C., on Oct. 28-29.
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