Golf rallies back for fifth place finish

Ryan Ramsey

The Georgia Southern University golf team finished in the fifth spot in Southern Conference Championship Tuesday.

“Obviously, it’s not the finish we came over here for. We just never seemed to get any mojo going after getting blown off the golf course Sunday,” head coach Larry Mays said in a news release.

The Eagles started the tournament on the wrong foot, shooting their worst round of the season, finishing the day with an uncharacteristic 27 over par. Through cold air and harsh winds, the Eagles still remained in the contention for a top-5 finish but ended the day in seventh place.

Round two was much more favorable to the squad as it shot the third-lowest round of the season. The Eagles regained their footing as each player on the team shot below an 80, and junior Will Evans had a second consistent day of golf, shooting two over and tying for 15th place overall in the tournament.

“I was proud of the guys yesterday for coming back with a solid round, but today again, a couple guys got off to bad starts and we couldn’t get all five of them playing well at the same time, which is something you have to do if you want to compete against good teams and win tournaments. We didn’t putt well this week, and that’s something we’ll have to work on and clean up,” Mays said in a news release.

In the third round, the Eagles played a great day of golf, coming within two strokes of conference rival Appalachian State University that went on to finish fourth. Junior Will Evans would lead the Eagles for the second day shooting a 74, which he also shot on day one of the tournament.

Mays said, “Even though it wasn’t the finish we wanted this week, we had a great season with three tournament wins and did enough to expect a NCAA regional bid when they get announced May 6.”