GSU ties for seventh at AutoTrader Classic

Will Cheney

The Georgia Southern University golf team finished the AutoTrader Collegiate Classic tournament in Duluth with a tie for seventh place.

The Eagles shot an overall 286 on Tuesday, which brought their final score to 3-under-par for the tournament. This was the first time all season the Eagles finished a competition under par. The score tied the Eagles with Virginia Commonwealth University.

Georgia State University, which was the tournament’s host, finished at -19 for the win. University of South Florida came in second at 17-under and University of South Alabama took third place with a score of 15-under. The Eagles finished behind Southern Conference opponent University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, which shot 9-under.

GSU junior Scott Wolfes was GSU’s top individual performer as he shot a 73 on Tuesday and finished in a tie for eighth place with a final score of 5-under-par. Senior Will Evans shot a 71 to finish in a tie for 25th place at 1-over-par, while senior Christian Humber finished the day with a 70 to tie for 30th at 2-over. Juniors Kim Koivu and Charlie Martin shot a 72 and 75 on the day, respectively.

The team capitalized on the par-5 15th hole on Tuesday, as it combined a score of 7-under on the hole. Wolfes and Humber eagled the hole, while Evans, Koivu and Martin finished the hole off with birdies.

“Kim and Will both skimmed the cup as well for eagle on that hole,” head coach Larry Mays said in a news release. “We dropped a few strokes coming in or we might have finished a little higher. We had all five guys in the ball game in two out of three rounds, and posted our best score in the final round for the first time all year so that’s encouraging.”

The success on the 15th hole, however, could not make up for the Eagles’ rough start on the day. Tuesday saw struggles on both the front and back nine, including Wolfes’ +4 on the par-5 third hole.

“We got off to a rough start, but I’m really proud of the guys for battling back,” Mays said in a news release. “We’re pretty close to putting it all together where we get the one low round with three other solid rounds.”

GSU’s next tournament is on Oct. 27-29 at Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s Ocean Course in Kiawah Island, S.C.