Men's Golf Finishes Fifth at General Hackler Invitational
March 15, 2010
MURRELLS INLET, SC - The Wake Forest men's golf team got off to a slow start Monday morning and despite a good back nine, the Demon Deacons finished fifth at the General Hackler Invitational after a final round 301.
Wake was looking for its third-straight come-from-behind victory at the General Hackler but a rough start at the TPC of Myrtle Beach Monday set them back. Sophomore Lee Bedford played the second nine in 4-under par while seniors Brendan Gielow and Travis Wadkins each came home in 1-under par 35.
"I thought it was going to be a real long day the way we started out but the guys really battled back today," said Wake Forest head coach Jerry Haas. "It was cool and breezy this morning and we just couldn't get anything going. I think the guys will be able to feed off how they finished today and use that down the stretch."
Host Coastal Carolina shot the round of the day, a 291, but it wasn't enough to catch 36-hole leader East Tennessee State. The Buccaneers posted a final round 296 and held on for a three shot victory.
Individually, Josh Anderson of Pepperdine and Seamus Power of ETSU shared medalist honors as each player finished at 1-under par. Gielow finished a shot back at even-par and tied for third with Dan Obremski of Coastal Carolina.
Gielow came into the final round just one-shot behind Power but found himself 5-over par for the day through 10 holes. After a three-straight pars, he would finish the day with a pair of birdies in the final five holes to post a 75. This was Gielow's fourth top-10 of the year and he has yet to finish outside of the top-14 in any of his seven events.
After making a double-bogey at the par-4 sixth, Bedford was 4-over for the day. But he would make four birdies in a five-hole stretch on the back nine to come home in 32 and card an even-par 72. Bedford finished the event fifth at 1-over par.
Wadkins started his final round with a birdie at the first but he too struggled on the rest of the front nine and was 6-over through 10 holes. But that's when a perfect drive left him with 74 yards into the 12th green and the senior from Dallas, Texas, would hole his approach shot for an eagle-two. After a bogey at No. 15, he finished the day with a nice birdie at the par-5 18th to post a 76. Wadkins finished tied for 22nd which is his best finish of the year.
Freshman Charlie Harrison finished his week with a round of 79 on Monday. He was playing this event as an individual and opened with rounds of 77-77 and finished tied for 39th at 17-over.
Fellow freshman Evan Beck made a total of 13 pars in the final round on Monday and would finish with a 78. He finished the event at 22-over par and tied for 50th.
Sophomore Daniel Meggs rounded out the Deacon scorers this week with an 85 on Monday. He finished tied for 63rd.
Wake Forest will return to action in two weeks at another familiar tournament, The Hootie at Bulls Bay. The first round is scheduled for Saturday, March 28, at Bulls Bay Country Club in Awandaw, SC.
# Indicates individual player