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Men's Golf finishes 10th at White Sands
GS Golf
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas – Colin Bowles shot a 67, Jake Maples fired a 68 and all seven Georgia Southern men's golfers shot par or better in the final round of the White Sands Invitational at the Ocean Club Golf Course Sunday.

Brett Barron shot an even-par 72 and tied for 22nd with Bowles, who played as an individual this week. Luukas Alakulppi, who also played as an individual, shot a 69 today and tied for 25th.

Maples logged four birdies today and made an eagle at the 552-yard, par-5 6th hole. Bowles rolled in seven birdies in the round, including five on the front nine on his way to posting a 31 on the side. Alakulppi made four birdies on the front and carded a 33 before playing the back nine even.

Georgia Southern (-2) shot 6-under today to move up two spots into 10th place in the final team standings. Tournament host and No. 39 Houston (-31) won the event by seven strokes over Florida State (-24). No. 22 Arkansas (-22) finished third, a stroke ahead of No. 1 Wake Forest (-21). The field featured five teams ranked in the top-50 in the country, according to Golfstat.

Team – 286-294-282=862 (-2), 10
Brett Barron – 73-67-72=212 (-4), T22
Mason Williams – 68-78-71=217 (+1), T48
Jake Maples – 76-74-68=218 (+2), T52
Ben Carr – 69-78-72=219 (+3), T55
Wilson Andress – 76-75-71=222 (+6), T68

Colin Bowles – 73-72-67=212 (-4), T22
Luukas Alakulppi – 75-69-69=213 (-3), T25

Quotable from Coach Carter Collins
"I'm really proud of how the guys finished this tournament off. All seven guys at par or better in the final round is a great showing of our talent and depth."

On the fall
"We didn't get as much out of this fall as we wanted, but we did win a tournament and break a few records on the way. This team is very talented, and I have strong faith in what they will accomplish in the spring. This will be a much-needed break as they have been playing competitive golf since early February. We will work hard, prepare for the spring, and I can't wait to see what's ahead for this group."

Next up

The Eagles open the fall at the Georgia Southern Individual Collegiate at Georgia Southern University Course Feb. 2-3.