Charlotte golf will conclude the fall semester portion of the current season with a trip to the West Coast at the SCVB Pacific Invitational, which is a three-day, 54-hole tournament that begins Thursday. The event has been moved this year to the Stockton Golf & Country Club, a par-71, 6,511-yard layout. This will not be the lognest trip of the season for the 49ers as it was last year, with a tournament in Japan already under their belts.
Charlotte will be joined by eight other participants that were in the field in the 12-team event last season, joining BYU, Denver, Fresno State, Nevada, Santa Clara and UC Davis, along with defending champ Kansas State and host Pacific for the event. Army, Long Beach State and St. Mary’s College will be the three new teams in the field, though the field is playing on a new course this year.
The 49ers will be bringing their top two golfers by season average to the event, starting with senior and low scorer Franco Castro (Alpharetta, Ga. / LSU). He has a pair of Top-10 finishes this season, including a third-place finish already under his belt this season. Castro has twice turned in a 66 for the low round by a 49er this season.
Junior Raoul Menard (Ange-Gardien, Quebec / Beaulieu) also has recorded a pair of Top-10 finishes so far this season for Charlotte. He tied for ninth in the Rees Jones Invitational in September and landed in tenth at the Rod Myers Invitational at Duke a few weeks ago. He has a round of 70 in each of his three tournaments played so far this season.
A pair of Charlotte sophomores, Thomas Rowland (Consett, England / St. Bedes Catholic School & Sixth Form College) and Daniel Brantley (Asheboro, N.C.), will be on the five-man roster for this trip. Rowland began his season with a 69 in Japan and posted a steady score of five-over par in the Jerry Pate National in early October. Brantley has posted a pair of rounds of 70, with his best score a six-over 222 at Duke.
Freshman Seth Gandy (Huntersville, N.C. / Hough HS) had Charlotte’s first eagle of the season at the Rod Myers Invitational at Duke, with his best career finish there of three-over and a tie for 16th playing as an individual for the 49ers.
The 49ers will tee off last on the opening round of this event, paired with UC Davis and Kansas State on Thursday. They will tee off from the tenth hole, beginning at 11:50 Eastern in the 12-team, 60-golfer event
Earlier this week, Charlotte sent the remaining four golfers to play as individuals in the ECU Pirate Intercollegiate. Sophomore Dan Hendry (Dubai, United Arab Emirates / Dubai College) tied for second overall at four-over par (72-74-74 – 217) with Navy’s Devin Terry. Hendry had the lowest average score on par-four holes of the field, at 4.06 (plus-two) for the tournament. Hendry also tied senior teammate Joe Toland (Lebanon, N.H. / Hartford HS) for the most pars in the field, with 37. Toland finished tied for 15th at 11-over (70-75-79 – 224) for the two-day, 54-hole event.
Also in action was sophomore John Boehme (Jacksonville Beach, Fla. / Sandalwood), who tied for sixth at six-over par (73-72-74 – 219). Boehme scored Charlotte’s second eagle of the year in the event. In his final hole of the event, the 362-yard, par-four ninth, Boehme lifted a shot with a pitching wedge from 136 yards, landed it just past the hole and backed it in to preserve his final-round 74 and into the tie for sixth, his best career finish. Boehme tied for the second-lowest average on par-three holes, averaging 2.83 per round on those holes. The leader of this event, ECU’s Eric Brady, was two-over par.