MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (Feb. 24, 2018) – Junior Etienne Papineau led the way in the second straight tournament as the West Virginia University golf team finished tied for third at the Seminole Intercollegiate at Golden Eagle Country Club in Tallahassee, Florida, on Sunday.
Papineau posted his second straight top-15 finish, tying for sixth place overall. The Mountaineers shot 284-285-285=854 to finish 10-under-par and tied with Jacksonville in third place. No. 5 Wake Forest took home the team title at 13 under, while No. 12 Florida State was the runner-up at 12 under.
“This was a big finish for us,” coach Sean Covich said. “Last time we played Wake Forest and Louisville they beat us by nearly 30 shots. To hang in there and be competitive with teams like Florida State, Louisville and Wake shows just how far we’ve come. I’m really proud of all five of our guys this week.”
After shooting 66-73 in the first two rounds, Papineau had four birdies in the final round but shot two-over-par with a 74. He finished the event three under with a score of 213, tying for sixth place
After struggling in the first round and shooting 76, sophomore Matthew Sharpstene bounced back to shoot one under with a 71 in Saturday’s second round. He continued his trend on Sunday, scoring five birdies in a bogey-free round to shoot 67. His 54-hole total of 214 moved him up 29 spots and in a tie for 12th place.
Senior Max Sear shot 73-71 on the first day of action, the followed with a trio of birdies in the final round on his way to a 73. He tied for 27th place at one-over-par with a total of 217. He tied with teammate Logan Perkins, who used four birdies on the back nine to shoot 71 for one-under. His 54-hole total of 74-72-71=217 also put him a one over and in 27th place.
Freshman Kurtis Grant finished at 71-71-79=221, tying for 42nd place at five-over-par.
West Virginia remains off until March 23-25 when the team travels to Charleston, South Carolina, to compete in the Hootie at Bulls Bay.
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