Beck, Birdsey Notch Top-5 Finishes At Mobile Bay Inter.
Evan Beck recorded the 10th top-10 finish of his career.

Feb. 19, 2013

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By Gary Petit, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeForestGolf)

MOBILE, Ala. - Wake Forest senior Evan Beck and junior Thomas Birdsey each notched top-5 finishes to lead the Demon Deacons to a fourth place finish at the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate on Tuesday.

Beck played the final 36 holes at 4-under par and finished the 54-hole event at 2-udner par, just two shots behind Niclas Carlsson of Auburn. The runner-up finish was his second of the season and the third of his career. For the week, Beck made a total of 11 birdies, including three in his bogey-free final round 69.

Birdsey matches his best finish as a Demon Deacons as his three-round total of even-par 216 landed him in fourth place. He made nine birdies on week en route to posting rounds of 73-72-71. Birdsey now has four top-10 finishes in his career.

As a team, the Demon Deacons rebounded from a tough opening round to scores of 290 and 282 over the final 36 holes and finished in a tie for fourth at 11-over par. The final round 282 was the lowest round of the week by any team and it was the Deacs' second-lowest round this season.

"I'm happy with how we played today," said Wake Forest head coach Jerry Haas. "We had a hard stretch of holes to start on today in some cool conditions and I think we played them in a couple under. Then we continued to play well in the afternoon. Even (Beck) played really well today and had a nice long birdie to finish. Thomas (Birdsey) had his wedge game going and Davis (Womble) rebounded well after his triple this morning."

"Overall though, everyone knows what they have to work on coming out of this week," Haas continued. "It was a good first tournament of the spring. This just shows that every shot counts no matter when it occurs. We'll keep getting better and look forward to the Tiger Shootout in a couple of weeks."

Senior Charlie Harrison finished the tournament tied for 27th at 6-over par after rounds of 77-74-71. He was 1-under par for the 21 holes he played on Tuesday, which included four birdies. Freshman Davis Womble finished a shot behind Harrison at 7-over par and tied for 35th. His final round 71 was the fourth under-par round of his season.

Junior John Varol rounded-out the Deacon scorers with rounds of 80-77-82. Sophomore Cyrus Stewart played this week in the Univ. of South Alabama Individual Tournament on the nearby Magnolia Grove Falls Course. He rebounded from an opening round 81 to post a 73 on Tuesday and finished 21st in the 33-player field.

Behind Carlsson's play, Auburn claimed the Mobile Bay team title by four shots over LSU. Illinois finished third while Wake Forest and Mississippi State tied for fourth.

The Demon Deacons will return to action at the Tiger Shootout in Opelika, Ala., on Monday , March 11.

Wake Forest   303 290 282   875    +11   t-4th
Evan Beck   74 71 69   214    -2   2nd
Thomas Birdsey   73 72 71   216   E   4th
Charlie Harrison   77 74 71   222    +6   t-27th
Davis Womble   79 73 71   223    +7   t-35th
John Varol   80 77 82   239    +23   76th



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