Senior Braeden Cryderman (Huntsville, Ont., Canada / St. Dominic's) had the best three-round tournament of his 49ers career in his first action of 2012 with a four-under 212 (69-70-73) to finish tied for third place at the Rod Myers Invitational, hosted by Duke this weekend. The 49ers finished third at three-over (285-291-291 867), the team's third-straight finish of fourth or better at a tournament. Charlotte was ahead of three teams ranked in the Top 50 by Golfstat and Golfweek this week. The No. 18 Blue Devils won at eight-under par, the only school under par for the tournament at the Duke University Golf Club.
The Niners, starting the day at even par, slipped back to third with a three-over par Sunday, with two golfers finishing at even par for the final day. Cryderman was one-over in the final round, posting three more birdies. He finished tied for the tournament lead with 15 birdies for the three rounds, tied for second by playing the par-four holes at one-under and tied for fourth by playing the par-three holes at one-under par for the weekend. His third place finish was the second top-five for a Charlotte golfer this season. He was one of just 12 golfers to post a pair of sub-par rounds.
"We played pretty well again today," said Charlotte head coach Ryan Cabbage." "Braeden had a wonderful tournament. We weren't quite good enough to win it this afternoon, but we are getting better and that is my main concern right now. We need to keep working hard and give ourselves more opportunities to win tournaments. We look forward to getting back to work and building on this to get ready for the trip to California."
UNC Chapel Hill's Clark Palmer and Duke's Julian Suri tied for the low weekend, at seven-under par. They were the only two in the field to be under par for all three rounds.
Junior Franco Castro (Alpharetta, Ga.) posted an even-par 216 (71-73-72) after four more birdies in the final round to end in a season-best tie for 10th. He was tied for fifth overall with 13 weekend birdies and tied for the tournament lead by playing the par fives at seven-under par for the weekend.
Freshman Daniel Brantley (Asheboro, N.C.) posted a two-over 74 on the final day to end at four-over for the tournament (73-73-74 220) and in a tie for 25th.
Junior Joe Toland (White River Junction, Vt. / Hartford HS) was seven-over for the tournament (72-75-79 223) by logging 37 pars, tied for sixth-most for the weekend.
Sophomore Raoul Menard (Ange-Gardier, Quebec City, Canada) salvaged the weekend with an even-par round of 72 to help Charlotte keep the score low in round three. He was 12-over par (79-77-72 228) for the weekend.
In his first collegiate action, freshman Thomas Rowland (Consett, England / St. Bedes Catholic School and Sixth Form College) finished tied with Cryderman by playing the par-three holes at one-under par for the weekend. He had rounds of five over par in the last two rounds.
The 49ers are 29-18-1 this season in four tournaments. Charlotte will play one final tournament this fall, the Pacific Invitational, at the Brookside Country Club in Stockton, Calif. from October 29-31.