SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Junior Scott Wolfes fired a team-leading 73, but Georgia Southern saw its season come to a close at the NCAA Men’s Golf Championships San Antonio Regional Saturday at Briggs Ranch Golf Club.
Sent off hole 10, the easier side all week for Georgia Southern, which finished the tournament 16-over, the Eagles just could not get anything going early and made the turn to the tougher side at 4-over. They ended the day with a team score of 302, dropping them from a tie for fifth to eighth and out of contention for a bid to the finals.
Senior Hayden Anderson finished with a 77 today and tied for 21st in the individual standings with classmate and roommate Will Evans, who shot 75. After his 68 helped put the Eagles in the mix yesterday, Charlie Martin posted a 77 today and tied for 25th, while Matthew Mierzejewski finished with an 81.
“Ball-striking wise, I thought we did enough to advance, but we just didn’t make any putts,” said Georgia Southern coach Larry Mays. “We had some chances to make some birdies and save some pars, but they were lipping out instead of lipping in. That’s the difference in going and not going. When we play in a field like this, you just can’t afford to have a bad round.”
The round turned out to be the last in college for Anderson and Evans, and it’s fitting the 4-year players tied in their final outing. Anderson played in three NCAA Regionals and was in the lineup for two Southern Conference Championship titles. Evans played in two NCAA Regionals and helped key the Eagles’ SoCon title in April, tying for sixth at 2-over for the tournament.
Both played on five tournament title teams in the last two years, including this year’s Schenkel Invitational, the first win at the Eagles’ 35-year-old home tournament in school history.
“Hayden and Will had great careers both on and off the golf course, and it would have been nice to get them to the finals because they’ve worked hard enough to get there,” said Mays. “They started out as freshman, lived together all four years and played a lot of golf for Georgia Southern. It’s been a good ride with the two of them.”
Georgia (-11) won the San Antonio Regional with Georgia State (+2) finishing second and Vanderbilt (+3) placing third. SMU (+4) and UCLA (+5) earned the final to team bids to the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship Finals at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kansas, May 23-28.
TCU’s Julien Brun (-10) shot even par today to take home medalist honors by a stroke over Georgia’s Lee McCoy (-9). Brun advances to the NCAA Finals as the top individual not on a team advancing.
Mierzejewski, Martin and Wolfes all return to next year’s team along with four other letterwinners. Georgia Southern also brings in newcomers Archer Price, Jake Storey and Andrew Klasing.