DULUTH, Ga. — The Georgia Southern golf team shot a combined 290 in the third round to win the AutoTrader.com Collegiate Classic Tuesday at Berkeley Hills Country Club.
The Eagles, who came into the day with a 12-shot lead over second-place Georgia State, finished 6-over as a team on the day to win the tournament by seven strokes. Georgia Southern was 7-over for the 54-hole tournament.
It was the Eagles’ first team tournament title since winning the 2011 Southern Conference Championship, the 11th during head coach Larry Mays’ tenure and the 34th in program history.
"We talked about playing without fear and allowing our talent to take care of everything," said Mays. "The guys did a great job of playing the golf course and not worrying about what was going on around us. I’m very proud of our commitment to the game plan and playing with patience."
Mercer was third (+22), and Chattanooga, ranked 54th in the country by Golfweek entering the tournament, took fourth (+29). Winthrop placed fifth (+33), and fifth-ranked Georgia was sixth (+36).
Scott Wolfes (St. Simons Island, Ga./Glynn Academy) shot a 71 today to finish the tournament 1-under and tie for second, his third straight
top-10 finish. Hayden Anderson shot a 74 to finish in a tie for sixth at 2-over for the tourney, the best finish of his career.
Will Evans shot a 72 today to place 10th at 5-over par, the best finish of his career, and Charlie Martin shot a 75 to tie for 11th at 6-over. Matt Mierzejewski shot a 73 for the second straight round, the third lowest score of the day for the Eagles.
"Having four guys in the top-11 is a great accomplishment, and it was a great team win," said Mays.
Wolfes had a chance to win his second tournament of the season after getting an eagle on the par-3 third hole for the second time this week and playing the front nine at 2-under. The sophomore was 3-under after the 12th but had double bogeys on 13 and 16. He birdied 14 and 18 to finish even for the day.
Mierzejewski played the back nine 1-under for his 73, and Evans posted three birdies and four bogeys for a 72 in his round. Anderson birdied 18 for his 74, and Martin played the back nine at 1-over to salvage his round. The sophomore got off to a tough start by bogeying four of the first five holes on the front nine.
The Eagles are back in action next weekend at the ODU/OBX Intercollegiate at Kilmaric Golf Links in North Carolina.