Persons Sets GW Men's Golf 54-Hole Scoring Mark at ODU/Outerbanks Collegiate

The GW men's golf team finished 5th out of 18 teams at the ODU/Outerbanks Collegiate.

Oct. 25, 2011


Final Results

POWELLS POINT, N.C. – Freshman Jack Persons set a new George Washington men’s golf record by finishing the Old Dominion/Outerbanks Collegiate with a 54-hole total of 9-under-par 207 on Tuesday.  Persons paced the Colonials with a 3-under 69 in Tuesday’s final round to land in fourth place out of 90 golfers at the par-72 Kilmarlic Golf Course in Powells Point, N.C.

Persons, who opened with rounds of 68 and 70, bested GW alumnus Brian Carroll’s (’06) previous 36- and 54-hole marks of 139 and 210, both set in 2005, with a two-round total of 138 and Tuesday’s three-round total of 207.

“The team and I could not be happier for or more proud of Jack,” said head coach Terry Shaffer (’79). “This was an extremely talented pool of players, and to finish ahead of several top-notch guys says a lot about Jack and his ability.”

Persons shot under par in all three rounds of the event to pace the Colonials. He finished fourth overall, trailing only two players from Georgia, the 28th-ranked team in the country, and another from Liberty, the No. 31 team, according to the latest GolfWeek rankings.  Notably, Persons finished four spots ahead of Georgia’s Bryden Macpherson, the reigning 2011 British Amateur Champion.

As a team, GW finished fifth in the 18-team pack with a three-round total of 11-over 875 - ahead of Atlantic 10 foes Richmond and Saint Joseph’s. T.J. Mitchell of Georgia won the tournament with a 15-under 201, while the Bulldogs were the top team with a 12-under total of 834.



“We are really starting to gel as a team and I think this tournament proved how good we can be,” said Shaffer. “We keep getting better and better and I’m very impressed with how we played this week.”

Senior Andres Pumariega, who improved from 42nd place after round one to 15th on Monday, finished in a tie for 10th with an even-par total of 216. Pumariega shot a third-round score of 1-under 71 on Tuesday to climb into a top-10 finish.

Senior Brandon Rukin tied for 60th with a three-round 12-over 228 after firing a 6-over 78 on Tuesday. Senior Taylor Fuqua, who shot 5-over 77 Tuesday, finished in a tie for 65th with a total of 14-over 230. Classmate Martin Liu tied for 72nd with a three-round 16-over 232 after shooting 4-over 76 Tuesday.

GW returns to the links on Sunday, Oct. 30 at the three-day Kiawah Island Intercollegiate at the Turtle Point Golf Club in Kiawah Island, S.C.

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