After putting up the low score of round two, Charlotte golf again went low, posting the second-lowest round of the day in the third and final round to finish in its second-straight tie for third after the final round of the Hawkeye-Great River Entertainment Invitational Sunday. After an even par 288 in round two yesterday, the 49ers shot a two-over 290 to tie with Minnesota at plus-16 (302-288-290—880) for the weekend at the Finkbine Golf Course and it’s Par-72, 7,239-yard layout. Only host Iowa’s 284 was better than Charlotte in the 12-team and 64-player field in the final round. The third place finish was the fourth this season for Charlotte.
The tournament was won by Kansas, which finished at three-over par with a total of 867. Iowa was one stroke back in second.
Sophomore Raoul Menard (Ange-Gardier, Quebec City / Beaulieu) was Charlotte’s top golfer for the weekend, finishing in a tie for sixth overall at even par (73-71-72—216). He had four birdies and four bogeys Sunday for his final round 72. It was his third Top-10 finish of the season in eight events played. Menard and Kansas’ Stan Gautier were the only two players in the field to play the par-four holes at even par for the tournament. Menard was just five strokes off the medalist honor, shared by Chris Gilbert of Kansas and Steven Ihm of host Iowa at five-under.
Senior Braeden Cryderman (Huntsville, Ontario / Queens University of Charlotte) was the low man on Sunday for Charlotte, shooting a two-under 70 to finish tenth at three-over (76-73-70—219). He made three stroke improvements each round of play for his second Top-10 of the season. He posted birdies on three of his last five holes to rally for the sub-par round. He was in a group of three golfers to play all of the par-three holes at even par, one stroke off the best total of one-under, shared by three golfers. Cryderman’s 13 birdies for the 54 holes were tied for third in the field.
One stroke behind Cryderman was junior Franco Castro (Alpharetta, Ga. / LSU), who shot even par Sunday to finish at five-over (76-72-72—220) in a tie for 11th with five other golfers. He has finished inside the Top-20 in four of his ten events this season.
Freshman Riley Davenport (Woodstock, Ga. / Sequoya HS) shot four-over today to finish in a tie for 28th at nine-over (77-72-76—225) for the tournament. He led Charlotte golfers with a six-under total on the par-five holes, which included an eagle on Saturday in round two.
Charlotte and Iowa were the only two schools in the field with three eagles. After Castro and Davenport both eagled the 524-yard sixth hole yesterday in round two, freshman Thomas Rowland (Consett, England / St. Bedes Catholic School and Sixth Form College) carded an eagle three on the par-five 486-yard 15th hole Sunday.
Charlotte has concluded its regular-season and will have two weeks to prepare for the Atlantic 10 Conference Championships, to be contested at the Heron Bay Golf Club in Coral Springs, Fla. April 26-28.