KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – Thomas Rowland finished fourth out of 90 golfers individually helping guide Charlotte to a tie for third at the 2014 Irish Creek Collegiate hosted from The Club at Irish Creek. Rowland would conclude the three-round event at three-under 210. As a team, the Niners slow start sent them to their tie for third with nationally-ranked #36 Wake Forest at 871.
“Overall, today was a tough one for our team,” commented Head Coach Ryan Cabbage after entering the day just one shot back of Georgia State. I’m proud of Thomas for picking up a top-five finish and Franco finished inside the top-15 once again.
Overcast and cool conditions on Sunday led to an average score of 75.37 for the entire field which was more than two strokes higher than round two Saturday. #47 Georgia State held on for the top team spot while MJ Maguire of North Florida took medalist honors at 205 (-8) including the tournament’s low round with a 64 on Saturday.
Rowland started at even par through his first five holes before hitting a bump at six and eight with two bogies in a three-hole stretch. Rowland would settle down for four-straight pars before draining a birdie on the par five 13th. Rowland gave it back with a bogey on 16 before ending with back-to-back pars for his two-over 73 on Sunday.
Franco Castro would improve 10 positions on Sunday to conclude at T-12 after an even par 71 in the final round. Castro started his morning with a birdie on one before sending it back with a bogey on two. Castro would trade another shot for a shot on five and six before getting to two-under with a pair of birdies on 13 and 14. His string of two-straight continued with bogies on 15 and 16 before finishing with two pars.
Raoul Menard would wrap up Sunday in Charlotte’s third spot with a 78 after starting with two-straight doubles on three and four. Menard would get two shots back with birdies on five and 13 but mix in five other bogies before his day came to an end. The tough conditions would also get to Riley Davenport as he two would card a pair of doubles back-to-back tossing in one birdie to finish at seven-over 78.
“Raoul and Riley did not get off to a very good start today and I felt like we were fighting an uphill battle for a majority of the day,” remarked Cabbage.
Dan Hendry’s morning got off to a fast start with a birdie on the par three third before mixing in bogies on half of his next eight holes. A birdie on 14 would help gets one of those shots back until his day ended with doubles on 12 and 18 before a final bogey on one after starting on three.
As an individual, Daniel Brantley started on 17 with a bogey and quickly got back to even par after a birdie on 18. Brantley would drop two shots on the front nine with two bogies while adding three more late to finish at five-over 76. Seth Gandy, also playing as himself, wasn’t able to record a red number in round three concluding with his 78.
“As we get ready to go to Ohio State later this week, we have to take the positives from yesterday and today,” continued Cabbage. “But, at the same time, understand that in order to be a good team, we have to minimize the mistakes we made over the weekend in order to win tournaments. With that being said, it's a good thing that we jumped into the mix this weekend and had a chance to win the golf tournament, I think that will help us down the road as we finish up our regular season and move into our conference championship & the NCAA championship.”
Charlotte will now head to Columbus, Ohio to participate in Ohio State’s Robert Kepler Intercollegiate on Saturday and Sunday. This tournament will mark the Niners final event before the Conference USA Championship during the last weekend of the month in Edmond, Oklahoma.