Charlotte senior golfer Franco Castro (Alpharetta, Ga. / LSU) shot a two-over 72 to finish at two-under overall and in third place as the 49ers ended eighth at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate in Vestavia Hills, Ala. on Tuesday.
Castro started with bogeys on his second and third holes of the morning, but finished with two birdies and two more bogeys for his final round 72 and a total of 208 (70-66-72), one of just six players to shoot under par for the 54-hole event. It was the third Top-Five finish of Castro’s career and the first of this season in Charlotte’s third tournament of the academic year.
He finished ahead of 10 nationally-ranked players, including four strokes better than the top-ranked player in the nation, Texas A&M’s Ben Crancer. The medalist was UAB’s Wilson McDonald, who finished at eight-under par. Alabama’s Trey Mullinax was second, at five under.
The team was nine-over 289 in their final round and finished eighth overall with a final score of 26-over (295-282-289 – 866) Tuesday.
Sophomore Thomas Rowland (Consett, England / St. Bedes Catholic School and Sixth Form College) also shot a two-over 72 Tuesday to land in a tie for 18th at five over par (71-72-72) in the 60-player field at the Par-70 Old Overton Country Club Course. Rowland was steady again for Charlotte, with 15 pars in his final round. He scored par on 44 of his 54 holes for the two days.
Sophomore Daniel Brantley (Asheboro, N.C.) had Charlotte’s best third round, with an even par 70. Starting on the tenth hole, he made his turn at three over before a rally on the his final nine, when he birdied four of his last eight holes to grab the level par final-round score.
The 49ers will stay in state for the only time this semester in their fourth tournament of the season, competing at the Rod Myers Invitational in Durham. The two-day tournament starts Saturday, October 12.