COLUMBUS, Ohio – For the second-straight round, the Charlotte 49ers men’s golf team posted a score of 301 finishing tied for eighth at the 2014 Robert Kepler Invitational hosted by Ohio State. Thomas Rowland led the Niners finishing inside the top five with three-consecutive rounds of 72.
Starting on the back nine, Rowland would trade a bogey with a birdie on 11 and 12 before back-to-back bogies, adding one on two making the turn, put him at three-over with seven holes to go. Rowland would then drain back-to-back birdies on three and four getting back to one-over for the day shooting his third-straight 72 to finish tied for fifth.
“I’m proud of Thomas and happy for him with another good finish this week,” commented Head Coach Ryan Cabbage. “He was really solid all weekend.”
Franco Castro managed just one birdie on six throughout his third round posting a five-over 76 while Riley Davenport dropped in a pair of birds but struggled through nine bogies in his final round 79. Raoul Menard started with a par, birdie through his first two holes, but he too struggled to the finish line with four bogies and a double through the Scarlet Course layout of 7,455-yard, par 71 golf. Menard posted a five-over 76 on Sunday. Daniel Brantley settled down after a bogey, bogey start with three-straight pars before shooting a 41 on his first nine holes. Brantley rolled through the front nine at ever-par 36 to shoot his 77 on the day.
Georgia Tech, nationally-ranked fifth, led wire to wire topping #18 UAB by 14 shots. Frederik Hammer of host Ohio State tied for top honors with Ollie Schniederjans of Georgia Tech with a three-day total of 210, each shooting three-under par for the tournament. The Scarlet Course played over-par all weekend for the participants getting to its high of five-over 76 for an average on Sunday.
“Conditions were pretty tough out there today (Sunday) with a lot of wind but as a team, we are still leaving a lot of shots out there,” continued Cabbage. “For the second week in a row, we jumped in the mix with some really good teams. There’s a fine line between beating those teams and coming close to beating those teams. We’re looking forward to a couple of good weeks of work as we prepare for the Conference USA Championships coming up.”
Charlotte will now have two weeks to prepare for the Conference USA Championship hosted at the Oak Tree Country Club in Edmond, Oklahoma. The championship event will take place Sunday-Tuesday, April 27-29th.