WVU Golf Closes Out Fall at Quail Valley

wvu marker-5863MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (October 26, 2015) – The West Virginia University golf team closed out its fall schedule with an 11th place finish at the Quail Valley Intercollegiate, hosted by McNeese State at Quail Valley Golf and River Club in Vero Beach, Florida, on Tuesday.

The Mountaineers were 14th after two rounds of play and jumped three spots in the final round to take 11th overall in the tournament. The team’s third-round score of 289 (+1) ties its second lowest round of the season. West Virginia finished with a three-round score of 299-301-289=889 for 25 over par.

North Texas and Michigan State tied for the team title, each shooting a final score of 848 for 16 under par. N.C. State placed third with a score of 852 at 12 under par while North Florida (856, -8) and Memphis (857, -7) rounded out the top five in the 15-team field.

“I’m proud of our guys today,” said coach Sean Covich. “We had a rough start at four over as a team after the opening hole, then shot three under the remaining 17 holes. I’m really proud of Mason (Short), who had a bogey-free round of 69 today. It was a great way to end the fall.”

Easton Renwick just missed posting his fourth top-20 finish of the season, tying for 21st place at one over par. Renwick birdied one hole on the back nine and followed with a pair on the front nine, but had two bogeys and a double-bogey to finish one over par with a 73. He ended the tournament with a three-round score of 72-72-73=217 for his second-best three-round performance of the season.

Max Sear recovered nicely in the third round, carding a 72 to finish even par in the round and take 37th overall. Sear registered birdie and a bogey on both the front and back nine, finishing the tournament with a score of 74-76-72=222 for six over par.

Mason Short kept a clean scorecard in the final round, registering his lowest score of the fall with a 69. Short played bogey-free with a trio of birdies, tallying a score of 78-78-69=225 to finish nine over par. He ended the tournament in 52nd place. Teammate Chris Williams carded a score of 75-75-75=225 to finish the tournament nine over par and tied with Short for 52nd place.

In his official collegiate debut, Cole Hand totaled a score of 79-80-77=236. He registered a trio of birdies while finishing the final round five over par, and taking 72nd place at 20 over par in the tournament.

Following a winter hiatus, the WVU Golf will resume play on Feb. 15 when they travel to Houston, Texas, for the President’s Day Challenge hosted by Rice.



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