Charlotte finished with a nine-over par 293 in Saturday’s final round to end in a tie for ninth place at the NCAA Columbus Regional at the OSU Golf Club, Scarlet Course. The 49ers finished at 37-over par (287-309-293—889) and tied with Chattanooga at the regional in the final event of the season for Charlotte.
Charlotte’s top individual finisher turned out to be freshman Thomas Rowland (Consett, England / St. Bedes Catholic School and Sixth Form College). The rookie ended his first postseason tournament with a two-under 69 on Saturday to finish in a tie for 15th at six-over par (73-77-69—219).
“I am happy with the fight and grit that the guys showed today,” said head coach Ryan Cabbage as the Charlotte season ended. “At the same time, we are disappointed collectively that we were unable to accomplish one of our goals, which was to advance to Atlanta. It wasn’t from a lack of effort or drive. We just didn’t play well enough.”
Charlotte sophomore Raoul Menard (Ange-Gardier, Quebec City / Beaulieu) was one stroke back of Rowland, finishing with a five-over 76 on Saturday to end at seven-over (67-77-76—220) and in a tie for 18th.
Junior Franco Castro (Alpharetta, Ga. / LSU) was five strokes behind Menard for the third-best total for Charlotte, at 12-over (76-76-73—225) to end in a tie for 43rd.
“I am proud of this team with the way they showed improvement throughout the year. I also want to thank our senior, Braeden Cryderman, for his many contributions to our program and throughout his career at Charlotte. I am excited to get eight of nine guys back next year and the future looks bright for Charlotte golf when we get back next fall.”
The top five teams advanced to the NCAA Championships in two weeks in Atlanta. New Mexico, Auburn, South Carolina, UNLV and Texas Tech took those five spots. Texas Tech was the last team in with a +27 879, with Charlotte just 10 strokes from that spot.
The top individual finisher not on a team advancing gets an invitation to the National Championship to compete for an individual title. Virginia’s Danny McCarthy shot a five-under 66 for the low round of the tournament on the final day to end at one-over par (74-74-66—214), in a tie for second to earn that spot in Atlanta.