TEXARKANA, Ark. – Charlotte golf saw the official end of their 2015-16 team season with a tie for eighth place at the 2016 Conference USA Championship. Seth Gandy led the Niners with an individual finish inside the top-five concluding tied for fourth after a two-under 70 on Tuesday.
“Seth played really well to finish tied for fourth,” remarked Head Coach Ryan Cabbage. “He really had a nice stretch the last few weeks and that carried over to this week. His record should be good enough to get him a spot in postseason play which is good.”
Gandy started off two-over through four before back-to-back birdies on 16 and 17 helped make his turn with an even par 36. Gandy traded a birdie-bogey start to his final nine before birdies on five and seven ended his day at 70. The junior climbed eight spots on Tuesday improving every day with a tournament of 75-72-70-217 (+1). Gandy finished tied for 3rd in the 65-player field with a dozen birdies over the three days.
Victor Wiggins just came in outside of the top-ten in a tie for 12th after his final round 75 (+3). Wiggins drained back-to-back birdies on 17 and 18 to make the turn at one-under before four final bogies over the Texarkana Country Club front nine added up to his 75. Wiggins finished up his tournament going 73-73-75-221 (+5).
Tyler Young climbed up a half-dozen spots on Tuesday after his final round 74 (+2). Young wrote down 16 pars in the final round after bogies on eight and 16. Young bounced back nicely from an opening 80 (+8) on Sunday to go 72-74 to end at 226 (+10). Young wrapped up tied for second in par three scoring sitting at even par for the tournament and third overall with his 39 pars.
Thomas Rowland trudged through another tough day on Tuesday after his 77 (+5). Rowland’s 11 pars and lone birdie on 18 ended his tournament with 71-83-77-231 (+15). Nicolas Manifacier posted his best round of the tournament with the same 77 (+5) after a pair of birdies converted in a three-hole stretch. Manifacier concluded his first C-USA tournament going 80-82-77-239 (+23).
“As a team, we didn’t play the easier holes on this golf course very well,” finished Cabbage. “When you don’t play these par 5’s and the short par 4’s well here, it’s so hard to pick up any momentum to carry you throughout the round. It forces you to fight a bit of an uphill battle going into the more difficult stretches on the course. It’s obviously a disappointing end to our season from a team standpoint.”
UAB won the team portion of stroke play with an eight-shot cushion over second place Louisiana Tech. North Texas and UTSA were the other two teams to qualify for the four-team match play format that begins on Wednesday.