Men’s golf wins tournament stroke play, falls in semifinals of match play in Sun Belt Championship

Kaitlin Sells

The Georgia Southern men’s golf team traveled to Sandestin, Florida to compete in the Sun Belt Championship tournament where they won stroke play, but were knocked out in the semifinals after falling to the University of Louisiana-Monroe in match play on Wednesday.

The Eagles shot a school record score of 263 as a team and finished 21-under-par in the third round, as well as shooting a total team score of 821, finishing 31-under-par overall.

The Eagles found success as a team as well as finding success individually on the links.

After a one-hole playoff with Luka Maglic of Arkansas State University in the third round, senior Steven Fisk was able to claim the individual medalist honor after shooting 75, 61 and 66, respectively. This being Fisk’s ninth career win, the senior broke a GS record formerly held by Jodie Mudd.

All four Eagles which competed in the tournament placed in the top-20. Impressive freshman Ben Carr tied for seventh after shooting 69, 71 and 66 during the three rounds, finishing seven-under-par. Behind Carr was junior Brett Barron who finished in 14th after shooting four-under par. Freshman Colin Bowles and junior Jake Maples both tied for fifteenth, finishing at three-under-par.

“The boys played great,” Fisk said regarding team play in the third round.” We came out this morning with good attitudes and we knew that we were going to need to stay patient. We got off to a really great start and they hung in there great. They played such a good back nine. Just really proud of them.”

After the first round on Sunday where GS shot an team score of 279, the Eagles found themselves in third place, but were quick to move up in the rankings. After the second round Tuesday, GS shot another team score of 279, allowing them to move up and tie for second with Coastal Carolina University.

With first place within reach, the Eagles were inspired to finish 21-under-par in the third round, breaking a school record and allowing them to snag the top seed for match play and faced ULM in the semifinals.

In the semifinals against ULM, the Eagles fell 2-3- eliminating their chance at the Sun Belt Champion title. Bowles and Maples were able to win the match play points for the Eagles, but Barron, Carr and Fisk fell unsuccessful.

Kaitlin Sells, The George-Anne Sports Editor, gasports@georgiasouthern.