MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (March 12, 2016) – Freshman Max Sear carded a 69 in the final round to finish tied for 13th, leading the West Virginia University golf team on day two of the Seminole Intercollegiate at Southwood Golf Club in Tallahassee, Florida, on Saturday.
Originally scheduled to be a three-day tournament, golfers played both the second and third rounds on Saturday due to the threat of inclement weather in the forecast.
The Mountaineers finished 14th overall with a team score of 297-300-290=887 for 30 over par. No. 3 Auburn took the team title with a score of 290-277-283=850 for 14 under par. Host No. 4 Florida State was second at 285-281-286=852 and 12 under. James Madison was third at 10 under par with a team score of 282-290-282=854.
“Overall as a team, we’re obviously disappointed but the bottom line is that there will be a lot of learning experiences during our first year,” said coach Sean Covich. “We will certainly take our hits this year, but with guys like Max, you can see we are building for the future success of this program. It might be hard to see now, but it will pay off for the future.”
After finishing the first round tied for 27th place, Sear moved up 14 spots to tie for 13th in the final round. The freshman from Unionville, Ontario, Canada, birdied six holes in the final round and carded a 72-73-69=214 to end the tournament two under par.
“I’m proud of the performance Max had this week, especially the final round,” said Covich. “At one stretch he birdied four in a row, and several of those holes he birded played back into strong wind. It’s impressive stuff from a freshman.”
Easton Renwick shot 77-70-74 to finish at 221 and five over. He carded seven birdies across the final two rounds, taking 50th place overall. Teammate Tristan Nicholls was 67th, finishing 12 over par with a score of 72-79-77=228.
Alan Cooke and Chris Williams finished 73rd and 75th, respectively. Cooke registered a score of 77-79-77=233 for 17 over par. Williams shot 76-78-80=234 for 18 over.
The Mountaineers will head to the Mason Rudolph Championship at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tennessee, for a two-day tournament April 2-3.
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SOURCE: WVU SPORTS