OPELIKA, Ala. – The Charlotte 49ers wrapped up the 2014 Tiger Invitational, hosted by Auburn, with a 9th place finish after Tuesday’s final round. Riley Davenport led the Niners once again finishing tied for 12th with a tournament total of 216 (-2) on the 7,149-yard, par 72 layout of the Grand National Lake Course.
Franco Castro had one of the Niners two rounds under par with 70 (-2) to wrap up his final day on Tuesday. After an even par front nine of 36 trading a bogey-birdie fifth and sixth holes, Castro would do the same on 11 and 12 before wrapping up with two birdies on 16 and 18 for his two-under round of 70. Castro would jump up 11 spots to finish T-11th for the tournament with a 221 (+5).
Raoul Menard fought through a tough start on the front to card a one-over 37 on the back to finish his tournament. The solo bump in the road on Menard’s back side was a bogey on the par-5 14th among eight other pars. A birdie on the par-4 sixth was one of the lone bright spots on the front that saw the junior write down a pair of triples on both par threes wrapping up his round with an 81 (+9). Menard would finish with a 228 (+12) total for his three rounds.
Davenport’s successful weekend continued with his best round of the week firing a two-under 70 on Tuesday. A bogey out of the gate on one was quickly erased with a birdie on two. The same exact trend continued on holes three and four before birdies on the fifth and seventh saw Davenport finish the front nine at two-under 34. Midway through the back nine, Davenport again traded a birdie-bogey scenario on 14 and 15 before ending with three-straight pars for his 70.
Thomas Rowland was cruising nicely at one-under par through 14 with three birdies on the back nine until a stumble on the par-3 15th. For the second-straight day, Rowland surrendered a rare triple bogey on the 15th to drop three shots before a final bogey on 18 finished his final round at 75 (+3). Rowland did put together four total birdies on the day starting with a two on the par 3 third. Rowland concluded the tournament one shot better than Menard with a 227 (+11).
Seth Gandy stood at even par through a third of his final round trading a pair of birdies on back-to-back holes four and five, with bogies on three and seven. Dropping two more shots to stand at two-over through 14, Gandy limped to the finish line with a double on 15 and 17 concluding with a 78 (+6) after playing those holes at even-par on Saturday. Gandy ended at 232 (+16) for the two days in Alabama.
Playing as an individual, John Boehme saved his best round for last carding a solid one-over 73 with seven birdies on the day. Starting on the back nine, Boehme went birdie-birdie to start and added one more on the par-5 14th to stand at three-under five holes in. Like others in the field, the final few holes on the back side proved to be tough as Boehme dropped five shots over the final four holes of the back nine concluding with a two-over 38. Boehme added four birdies on the front to finish at one-under 35 for his 73. Boehme finished at 232 (+16) for his three rounds.
Host Auburn cruised to the team title finishing at 842 (-22) for the tournament. Tomasz Anderson of Jacksonville State took home medalist honors with a three-day total of 206 (-10).
Charlotte golf gets back to action on the weekend of March 22-23 at the Linger Longer Invitational hosted by Kennesaw State and Mercer in Greensboro, Georgia. The 15-team field will navigate with 7,073-yard, par 72 layout of the Great Waters Course in Reynolds Plantation with 36 holes on Saturday followed by a final round of 18 on Sunday.