ODU, Morgan Wins VCU Invitational
RICHMOND, Va. – Senior Carter Morgan finished atop the leaderboard with a 13-under par to lead the Old Dominion men’s golf team to a first-place finish at the VCU Invitational, hosted by Virginia Commonwealth at the Country Club of Virginia’s Tuckahoe Creek Course on Tuesday afternoon.
As a team, the Monarchs shot an 11-under in the final round to storm up the leaderboard to the top spot. Going into the final round, ODU was sitting in fifth place, six strokes behind leader Virginia Tech. By the end of the round, the Monarchs had surpassed the second-place Hokies, beating them by one stroke.
ODU’s victory marked the first time the team has won a event since the 2016-2017 season, when it came away with a first-place finish at the Patriot Intercollegiate.
Morgan shot an even-72 on the 6,927-yard course in the opening round, but then followed that with an 8-under 64 in the second round, the lowest score by a golfer in the entire tournament and the lowest score he posted in a single round in his time with ODU. He birdied seven holes in the round and eagled the par-4 17th hole.
In the final round, Morgan shot a 5-under 67, with five birdies and one eagle, to clinch the first-place finish. He finished one stroke ahead of Maryland’s Peter Knade, who started the day tied for first place.
Senior Chris Ayers posted a top-15 finish, coming in at a tie for 11th with a 5-under. Ayers got better with each round, posting an even-72 in round one, a 2-under 70 in round two and a 3-under 69 in the finale.
Junior Gustav Fransson posted a 3-under for the tournament, good for a top-20 finish, tied for 19th.
In his first action of the young season, junior Rasmus Konradsson finished tied for 25thwith a 2-under. Freshman Filip Wetterqvist finished the event with a 9-over par to round out the Old Dominion team scoring.
Sophomore Michael Minnehan, who was competing as an individual, finished in a tie for 45th with a score of 4-over. The field consisted of a total of 75 golfers.
The Monarchs will be back in action in two weeks, when they compete in the Firestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio from September 29-October 1.
ODU PLAYER LEADERBOARD
1. Carter Morgan (-13)
T11. Chris Ayers (-5)
T19. Gustav Fransson (-3)
T25. Rasmus Konradsson (-2)
T45. Michael Minnehan (+4) (Individual)
T56. Filip Wetterqvist (+9)
*1. Old Dominion (-28)
*2. Virginia Tech (-27)
*3. James Madison (-24)
4. Maryland (-23)
5. VCU (-19)
6. Loyola (Md.) (-18)
7. Richmond (-6)
8. Radford (-5)
9. Boston College (+3)
10. George Washington (+23)
T11. Georgetown (+25)
T11. Villanova (+25)