Men's Golf ACCtion: Tournaments Ending Tuesday, March 30
Hootie @ Bulls Bay Intercollegiate
AWENDAW, S.C. - Junior Matt Hill tied a career-best 54 hole score of 204, and claimed his first tournament title of the season, winning the Hootie @ Bulls Bay Intercollegiate in Awendaw, S.C., on Tuesday.
Leading after each of the first two rounds, Hill finished the tournament at nine-under (204) and won by two strokes. The win marked Hill's first of the season. He won seven of the final eight tournaments he played in last season, including the NCAA Championship, and now extends his school record to 10 career wins. As a team, the Pack finished in an eighth place tie with Clemson, at five-over (857) for the three rounds.
In the final round on Tuesday, the Pack posted a team score of four-under (280), the second-best round among the 15 teams. LSU won the team title, finishing at seven-under (845).
AWANDAW, SC - The Wake Forest men's golf team needed a hot start on Tuesday to get in the mix and that's exactly what it got, a 12-under par front nine. But 36-hole leader LSU was able to hold on down the stretch and nipped the Demon Deacons by one shot at The Hootie at Bulls Bay Collegiate.
Wake Forest fired the round of the day, an 8-under 276, thanks in large part to sophomore Lee Bedford, who made eight birdies on his way to a career-low 8-under 63. Bedford's 63 is tied for the second-lowest round in school-history behind Webb Simpson's 9-under 62 at the All-America Classic on Nov. 19, 2007.
After the hot start, Wake had taken a one-shot lead at the turn and all five players were under par. But a tough start to the back nine coupled with a good finish by LSU, allowed the Tigers to retake the lead in the end. LSU finished the day with a 5-under 879 and finished the tournament at 7-under par.
UVa Men's Golfers Place Third at Hootie at Bulls Bay
Charleston, SC - The No. 18 Virginia men's golf team finished third in the 15-team field at the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate in Charleston, S.C. The Cavaliers shot 5-under 279 Tuesday to complete the 54-hole tournament at 4-under 848. LSU used a late surge to slip past Wake Forest for top honors at 845. The Deacons finished second at 846.
The tournament marked the eighth consecutive event this season Virginia has managed a top-five finish and was the sixth time this year the team has placed in the top three.
Virginia's score was its lowest tournament tally this season. Its second-round effort of 10-under 274 was the best single-round shot during the year.
Senior Kyle Stough led the Cavaliers on the final day of play by carding a 4-under 67, equaling his low round of the season. Stough tied for eighth place at 3-under 210. It was his first top-10 outing of the season.
AWENDAW, S.C. - Duke concluded its final round today at the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate, firing a three-day score of 289-281-284=854 (+2) to finish in sixth place.
Freshman Brinson Paolini tied for eighth in the individual tournament after scoring a 69 in his final round. Paolini posted two consecutive rounds in the 60s for the first time in his collegiate career on the way to his second top 10 finish this season. The Virginia Beach, Va., native recorded rounds of 73-68-69=210 (-3) at the Bulls Bay Golf Club, which marks a personal season-low score for 54 holes.
Clemson, SC- Luke Hopkins recorded a top 10 finish and Jacob Burger had his career low tournament score for 54 holes in Clemson's eighth-place finish in the 15-team Hootie Intercollegiate at Bulls Bay on Tuesday. The finish broke Clemson's four-tournament streak of consecutive top three finishes, the longest for the Clemson program since 2003. The Tigers were coming off a victory at the Furman Invitational.
Clemson finished with an 857 team score for the three-day event, 12 shots behind champion LSU. It was a very competitive tournament as just 12 strokes separated the top nine teams in the tournament. Clemson tied for eighth with ACC rival NC State.
Hopkins fired a team best 69 on Tuesday to finish in 10th place for the event individually. He also had rounds of 72-70 earlier and it was his fourth top 10 of the year to tie Ben Martin for the team lead. Burger had an even par tournament score of 213, his lowest 54-hole score as a Clemson golfer by five shots. He finished 17th overall, his fourth straight top 20.