Charlotte golf rallied to shoot three-under par Saturday and finish in a tie for sixth at one-over par (284-288-281 – 853) after the final round of the SCVB Pacific Invitational at the Stockton Country Club. The par-71, 6,511 layout yielded a three-under par 68 from sophomore Daniel Brantley (Asheboro, N.C.) and a pair of one-under par 70s for the 49ers in the final round, resulting in the low score in Charlotte’s tournament. This was Charlotte’s fifth and final tournament of the fall semester.
“This is what I would term a momentum golf course,” said Charlotte head coach Ryan Cabbage. “If you can get it going, there are some birdies to be made. But, on the flipside, if you get on the wrong side of a hole, it can snowball on you in the wrong direction. We battled, and today was a little bit better, but never could get into a position where we felt like we could be the aggressor on the course.”
Brantley dropped in the 49ers’ second eagle of the week, both taking place on the par-five 16th hole. Brantley bogeyed his first hole, but logged two birdies and the eagle over the next six holes. He finished his round with three bogeys and three more birdies for the 68, his career-low round with the 49ers. Brantley finished tied for 30th at three-over par (72-76-68 – 216).
Charlotte’s top individual finisher was senior Franco Castro (Alpharetta, Ga. / LSU). He finished with a one-under 70 to finish tied for 17th at one-under par (70-72-70 – 212) overall. Castro scored par one every hole until his ninth of the day, the 18th. He then dropped in birdies on his 15th and 18th holes o the day for the under-par final round.
Junior Raoul Menard (Ange-Gardien, Quebec / Beaulieu) was three-over Saturday and finished two strokes behind Castro at one-over par (70-70-74 – 214).
Freshman Seth Gandy (Huntersville, N.C. / Hough HS) had his best round of the tournament with an even-par 70 and moved up to a tie for 28th overall at two-over par (72-73-70 – 215).
“I feel like we are a good team,” said Cabbage, “and that we have the opportunity to be a really good team, but we have some work to do in the offseason to get better.”
Charlotte resumes tournament competition at the Bayou City Intercollegiate in Humble, Texas, starting February 21, 2014.