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Men's Golf Places Sixth, Fransson Third at Firestone Invitational

October 01, 2019
By ODU Athletics

AKRON, Ohio – Junior Gustav Fransson placed third with a 5-under par to lead the Old Dominion University men’s golf team to a sixth-place finish at the Firestone Invitational, hosted by the University of Akron, at Firestone Country Club’s North Course on Tuesday afternoon. 

As a team, the Monarchs finished the tournament with a collective score of 9-over par. Going into the final round, the Monarchs were in a tie for second, but the final 18 holes were not kind to ODU, as the team posted a 18-over to settle into sixth place. 

The sixth-place finish was the Monarchs’ third top-10 finish to start the season, which is a feat the team hasn’t accomplished since the start of the 2007-2008 season. 

Fransson’s first round score of 66 on the par-72 course, which was tied for the lowest score in a round for the tournament, was what propelled him to his top-three finish. He played a bogeyless round, and went on a stretch of birdieing four out of six holes to highlight his Monday morning. 

Fransson shot an even par in the second round, and rounded out the tournament with a 1-over 73 on the final day to settle into third place, just three strokes behind Akron’s Fabian Sundén, who won the tournament with an 8-under par, in the field of 81 golfers.

Senior Chris Ayers posted his third top-25 effort of the season, coming into the clubhouse with a final score of 3-over par, good for a tie for 21st

Rasmus Konradsson finished the tournament tied for 33rd with a 6-over, while Carter Morgan was four strokes behind him with a 10-over, putting him in a tie for 55th. Senior Chandler Wilkins rounded out the ODU scoring with a 19-over, placing him in a tie for 71st

The Monarchs will hit the links next in the Outer Banks, as ODU will host the ODU/OBX Invitational at the Kilmarlic Golf Club in Powell’s Point, N.C. The event will start on Sunday, October 20 and run through Tuesday, October 22.  

3. Gustav Fransson (-5)
T21.  Chris Ayers (+3)
T33. Rasmus Konradsson (+6) 
T55. Carter Morgan (+10) 
T71. Chandler Wilkins (+19)  

*1. South Carolina-Aiken (-7)
*T2. Santa Clara (-6)
*T2. Bowling Green State (-6)
4. Akron (-4)
5. Drexel (+3)
6. Old Dominion (+9)
7. Dayton (+17)
8. Temple (+18)
9. Youngstown State (+20)
10. William & Mary (+22)
11. Eastern Michigan (+23)
12. Winthrop (+24)
13. Dartmouth (+26)
14. Ohio (+40)
15. IUPUI (+49)

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