KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – Charlotte men's golf saved its best round for last as it shot a 291 (+7) in route to a tie for eighth place finish with Akron at the Cabarrus County Irish Creek Collegiate at The Club at Irish Creek in Kannapolis.
Victor Wiggins had the team’s best round Sunday, while Seth Gandy carded the 49ers’ best score over the three-round tournament that also featured 36 holes Saturday. Gandy ended the tournament on the individual side with a 211 (-2) to earn a spot among a four-way tie for fourth.
"Seth played very well," started Head Coach Ryan Cabbage. "This was a really good field with some great players. To finish fourth individually is fantastic. Overall from a team stand point, today's final round was a bit better for Victor and Thomas, but overall, not what we were looking for coming into the tournament. We have a lot of work to do in the next 10 days if we expect to contend for a Conference USA Championship."
Gandy shot a one-over 72 with a string of pars from the 11th through the 17th holes. He added birdies on the first and fifth holes after making the turn.
Wiggins shot a one-under 70 during the last 18 holes, including a birdie on the 14th hole after he started his round on the 11th. After a bogey on the 16th, he was able to keep his scorecard level with 10-straight pars before his final birdie of the day on the ninth hole to give him under-par effort.
Thomas Rowland shot an even par 71, and like Wiggins, dropped in a birdie on the 14th hole. After giving it back on the 15th with a bogey, he kept himself at even par until the second hole where he picked up his another birdie. A bogey on the fourth hole led to his even par 71 during the final round.
Nicolas Manifacier posted a 78 (+7) registered seven bogies as part of his final round action. Tyler Young rounded out scoring on the day with his 81 (+10) that saw his lone birdie come on the par-five 14th.
Wake Forest finished as the team champion with an 855, besting Kennesaw State by four shots. James Madison’s Ryan Cole ran away with the individual title, outdistancing the competition by seven strokes in claiming the crown.
The 49ers will now look ahead to the Conference USA Championships in two weeks at Texarkana Country Club in Texarkana, Arkansas, with play set to begin at 9 a.m. Sunday, April 24.