Eagles fall to Chanticleers in Sun Belt Championship

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  • Junior Steven Fisk hit a team best 65 on Tuesday.

Ryan Pye

The Georgia Southern Golf Team traveled to Sandestin, Florida this week to compete in what would be their final event of the season, the Sun Belt Championship Tournament.

Action kicked off on Sunday from Raven Golf Club, where at the end of the day the Eagles found themselves in a disappointing fifth place on the leaderboard. Though they were just four strokes behind the leader, Coastal Carolina, head coach Carter Collins stayed optimistic.

“We have a big challenge ahead of us over the next few days,” Collins told gseagles. “But we are prepared for this.”

In the second round of the Sun Belt Championship Tournament on Monday, the Eagles were able to climb up to second place, thanks to great performances from seniors Archer Price and Jake Storey.

Price carded a 69 on the day, while classmate Storey shot a 70, which with his performance from day one was good enough to find himself in a tie for fifth on the individual leaderboard. Before heading into the third round, GS found themselves a whopping 17 strokes behind leader CCU.

On day 3 of the tournament on Tuesday, standout junior Steven Fisk showed out for the Eagles, posting a team best 65, which helped keep Georgia Southern in thirdplace, and earn them a spot in match play. The Eagles would go on to face second seeded UTA in their semifinal matchup.

In their semifinal matchup, Georgia Southern was able to take down UTA 3-2, and went on to square off against top seeded Coastal Carolina in the championship round.

Of the 5 golfers the Eagles had competing, only Jake Storey was able to secure a victory in his respected matchup against the Chanticleers, who went on to beat the Eagles 4-1, and earn the Sun Belt’s automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.

Although a second place finish isn’t exactly what the team was hoping for, they, along with the rest of Eagle nation, should undeniably be proud of the performance throughout the tournament.

“I’m very proud of the way we competed throughout the Sun Belt Championships this week,” Collins told gseagles. “We are disappointed not to be bringing the Sun Belt Championship back to Statesboro, but we have to give Coastal a lot of credit. They performed very well this entire week and got us today.”

Ryan Pye, The George-Anne Sports Candidate, gasports@georgiasouthern.edu