Wake Finishes Seventh At Bank Of Tennessee Intercollegiate
Oct. 18, 2009
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - Behind senior Brendan Gielow's fifth place finish, the Wake Forest men's golf team finished seventh at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate this weekend at The Ridges Country Club.
Gielow overcame a double-bogey at No. 6 to post his second even-par round of the event and finished the tournament tied for fifth at 2-under par. In four years at the BOT, Gielow has finished no worse than tied for 12th. The Muskegon, Mich., native has also been at par or better in five of his nine rounds this season.
As a team, the Deacons carded a 7-over 295 to finish seventh overall in the 15-team field.
"I thought we had a pretty good week," said Wake Forest assistant coach Dan Walters. "The weather conditions made the course play very difficult and I thought we hung in there pretty well. We just had a few shots here and there each day that we threw away and in team golf, that's the difference. Overall though, we played well. I think we ended-up beating three teams that were ranked ahead of us, which is good."
Tennessee and Oregon State came into the final round tied for the lead and each team shot a 294 on Sunday to finish deadlocked at 3-under. Tennessee's fifth score of 5-over on Sunday was one shot better than SDSU's fifth score and the Volunteers were declared the champion.
Freshman Evan Beck and sophomore Lee Bedford each carded rounds of 1-over 73 on Sunday for the Deacs. Coming off a 2-under 70 on Saturday, Beck played a very solid round on Sunday and finished tied for 20th at 2-over par. Bedford bounced-back from a tough second day to post a total of 13 pars on Sunday.
Sophomore Daniel Meggs finished the week tied for 40th at 6-over par after a final round 77. He opened with a career-best 68 and carded a pair of 77s over the weekend. Senior Travis Wadkins also shot a 77 on Sunday and finished in a tie for 55th at 11-over.
Freshman Charlie Harrison played as an individual this week and sandwiched a brilliant round of even-par 72 on Saturday with an 81 and a 79 to finish tied for 71st.
Oregon State's Diego Valesquez had is going all week as he opened with a 6-under 66 and shot a pair of 2-under 70s over the weekend to run away with medalist honors at 10-under par. He finished seven shots ahead of three different players at 3-under par.
Wake concludes the fall portion of the schedule and will return to action in early February at the JU Invitational which is being played at the famed TPC of Sawgrass Stadium Course.
"I think we had a pretty decent fall," Walters continued. "Evan (Beck) had a great start to his career and Brendan (Gielow) is obviously playing some good golf. Everyone played well in spurts this fall but we just didn't all come together at the same time. I think we made some good strides so far and we're all looking forward to the spring."