In the first tournament of the new era of West Virginia University golf, the Mountaineers finished tenth at the Tiger Turning Stone Invitational. It was WVU’s first varsity event since 1982.
Yes, that predates even this aging golf blogger.
Although in a tie for seventh at the end of two rounds, WVU finished 10th of 15, with a team score of 300-294-304=898. Missouri, the host, took first with an 862 composite score.
Two Mountaineers finished in the individual Top 25: Freshman Max Sear tied for 16th, while junior Alan Cooke tied for 23rd in the 87 player field.
Sear finished with a score of 70-73-77=220 to tie for 16th place at four over par. Cooke joined him in the top-25 carded a total score of 78-74-71=223 (+7).
Jon Ransone finished in 43rd place with a score of 12-over 228. Avery Schneider tied for 53rd place, finishing 80-75-75=232. Teammate Chris Williams was 72nd at 238 (+22), shooting 76-83-79.
Playing as an individual, Tae Wan Lee took 76th with a score of 90-75-78=243 (+27).
“Alan played well today, but the overall we had some struggles,” said WVU coach Sean Covich. “We are very disappointed in our finish but at the same time, this was our first event in over 30 years. For three of our guys, it was their first NCAA Division I event. We will learn from this experience and be ready for Marshall next week.”
The Mountaineers return to West Virginia to take part in the Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational, hosted by the Thundering Herd at the Guyan Golf & Country Club in Huntington on Monday and Tuesday.
T-16. Max Sear: 70-73-77=220 (4)
T-23. Alan Cooke: 78-74-71=223 (+7)
T-43. Jon Ransone: 76-72-80=228 (+12)
T-53. Avery Schneider: 80-75-77-232 (+16)
72. Chris Williams: 76-83-79=238 (+22)
76. Tae Wan Lee: 90-75-78=243 (+27)
10. Team: 300-294-304=898 (34)
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