|Niners Finish 4th at Hawkeye Invite|
The Charlotte 49ers posted the third-best score of the final round to finish in fourth-place at Iowa's 11-team Hawkeye-Great River Entertainment Invitational, Sunday. It was the 49ers sixth top five finish of the season, and their second straight this spring.
With freshman Raoul Menard firing one-under par 71 and senior Olafur Loftsson shooting even-par, 72, the 49ers shot four-over par, 292. Only frontrunners Iowa and Iowa State, who finished 1-2 in the event, shot better than the 49ers.
"We knew the conditions would be more difficult with the wind," said 49ers head coach Ryan Cabbage. "For Raoul to start with a double bogey and battle back was pretty impressive. He had a pretty good event. It say alot about his game. He'd be the first to admit he didn't have his best stuff -- but to have a good result, even without it -- it's a credit to him."
Iowa won the event at 24-under par, two strokes ahead of runner-up Iowa State (-22, 842). Charlotte was fourth at 10-over par, four strokes behind third-place Penn State (+6, 870). Charlotte shot six strokes better than Penn State to close the gap and bested Washington State by 8 strokes, to pass them and drop them into fifth place.
Menard led the 49ers at one-over par 217 over the 54 holes, finishing 16th overall. Loftsson moved into the top 25 at 3-over par 219, to tie for 21st. Seniors Rafael Guerrero (72-74-75) and Tyler Mitchell (73-74-74) finished 28th at five-over par, 221. Paul Ferrier added a seven-over par 223.
"Oli continues to do good things," Cabbage added. "He's so much funn to watch play. He keeps doing the things that are his strengths -- and I'm excited for him as he goes into the A-10 Championship."
This was the 49ers last outing prior to the Atlantic 10 Championships.
"I think we are playing better -- we're moving in the right right direction," Cabbage noted as the team prepares to defens its string of six straight A-10 titles. "We need to continue to prepare and work on the correct things. We're looking forward to getting to Heron Bay and we be the most prepared team there."