GREENSBORO, Ga. – The Charlotte 49ers men’s golf team made the biggest jump of any team climbing up four spots to conclude the Linger Longer Invitational in sixth. The Niners saved their best round for last posting a six-under 282 in the final round.
“I’m really proud of these guys today,” started Head Coach Ryan Cabbage. “We did a lot of good things, especially today. We needed a good round, and to shoot the second best round of the day against this field is really good.”
Thomas Rowland nearly tied his career best round firing a four-under 68 on Tuesday that included four birdies and two eagles. Rowland, beginning on the back nine like all 49ers, used his first eagle three to close out the first nine with a one-under 35 before backing that up with his final eagle two holes later on the par-five second. A final birdie on three, a par four, and one on six, the last par five, gave Rowland his round of 68 setting a new season best. Rowland led the 77-player field with his three eagles during the tournament.
Nicolas Manifacier had a tremendous rebound of a round on Tuesday carding a clean one-under round of 71. Manifacier turned his tide with four birdies during the first nine, including back-to-back on 11 and 12, to get back on track with his 71. Manifacier lost one final shot on the final nine with eight pars to finish his weekend.
Victor Wiggins finished inside the field’s top-20 once again with his one-under round of 71 beginning with three birdies on holes 11, 12 and 18. Making the turn at one-under, Wiggins traded a birdie on one and bogey on three to shoot his 71.
Tyler Young rounded out team scoring on Tuesday with his sold final round of 72 (E). Young led all 49ers on Tuesday with five birdies, three on the front, two on the back that included a par-birdie-birdie start to his day. Although Seth Gandy did not factor in team scoring, the lefty still posted a nice round of two-over 74. Gandy began and finished his front nine with birdies in a one-over 37 before another one-over 37 front side.
“We are getting better,” finished Cabbage. “I’m looking forward to the stretch run with our final two regular season events. Then, the Conference USA tournament which will lead into the NCAA tournaments.
#12 Alabama won the overall title finishing three shots ahead of #39 Augusta and #2 Georgia. Charlotte, by finishing sixth, beat #25 Purdue and #26 Baylor.
Charlotte will now move onto the month of April playing in the Aggie Invitational hosted by Texas A&M during the weekend of April 2-3 in Bryan, Texas.