Men's Golf Finishes Sixth At US Collegiate Championship
Oct. 26, 2010
ALPHARETTA, Ga. - After struggling a bit in the first two rounds, the Wake Forest men's golf team made a total of 24 birdies in its round of 8-under 280 on Tuesday and finished in sixth place at The US Collegiate Championship. The 8-under 280 was tied for the lowest round of the day.
"It was a great round today for the guys," said Wake Forest head coach Jerry Haas. "They all played really well. They hung in there nice after a couple of tough rounds and shot the lowest round of the day today."
Bedford came into the round on Tuesday looking to become the first Demon Deacon to ever finish all of the fall events under-par. Opening rounds of 70 and 74 had him at even-par coming into the day and he got off to a good start, making the turn in 1-under 35. But he would start the back nine with three bogeys and stood 1-over par with two holes to go.
Needing to birdie the final two holes to set the record, Bedford chipped-in for birdie on the 226-yard, par-3 17th. He then drove the ball in the right trees on No. 18. After a nice 3-iron punch from the trees, he hit a low wedge that skipped to the back fringe and then spun back to within 10 inches of the hole for a tap-in birdie. He finished the event at 1-under 215 and tied for 7th.
Bedford completes the fall schedule with one win, five top-10s and a team-best 70.5 scoring average.
Harrison carded back-to-back under-par rounds for the first time in his career. He made three birdies and just two bogeys in his round of 1-under 71 on Tuesday. The Atlanta, Ga., native finished the event tied for 17th at 2-over par.
Beck shook-off an opening round 78 to post rounds of 72-69 and finish tied for 20th. He came out of the gate on fire Tuesday, making seven birdies in the first 13 holes and was 5-under par. Despite a double-bogey on No. 15, Beck posted his team-leading 12th round at par or better this fall. He finished the fall with a 70.9 scoring averaging over 15 rounds.
Varol has played quite well this fall in his first collegiate events. After opening with a 75 on Sunday, he carded a tough 79 on Monday and was 10-over par. But he rebounded Tuesday with a season-best 3-under 69.
Varol started the day with a pair of birdies and a pair of bogeys to go out in even-par 36. He then made back-to-back birdies on Nos. 12 and 13 and followed his lone bogey of the back nine at No. 15 with two more birdies at Nos. 16 and 17 to get to 3-under par. The Waxhaw, NC, native made a total of six birdies on the day and 11 on the weekend.
Like Varol, senior Justin Bryant made the turn on Tuesday in even-par 36 after making three birdies. But he struggled a bit on the back nine and would post a final round 79.
The team race was never close. Host Georgia Tech fired an opening round 17-under 271 and cruised to a 27-shot victory. The Yellow Jackets finished the event at a remarkable 28-under par. UCLA finished second at 1-under par while Texas A&M took third at 2-over and Southern Cal was fourth at 3-over.
Individually, Georgia Tech's James White claimed medalist honors on the strength of his opening round 10-under 62. White posted rounds of 70 and 72 the last two days to finish at 12-under par. That was 5-shots ahead of Southern Cal's T.J. Vogel, who fired a 66 on Tuesday.
The Demon Deacons have completed the fall portion of its schedule and will be off until the JU Invitational at the TPC of Sawgrass on Feb. 1-2, 2011. Wake finished second in that event a year ago.