Seahawks Claim Second Straight CAA Title
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
WILMINGTON, Delaware - UNCW carried a one-stroke lead into the final round and held off a charging Georgia State squad to win its second straight Colonial Athletic Association title by two strokes on Sunday at the Wilmington Country Club.
Leading the Seahawks (301-295-288=884) in the final round was junior Thomas Bass (80-72-69=221) who fought off a poor opening round to rally with a 69 on Sunday and finished tied with teammate Patrick Sawrey (76-73-72=221) for fourth overall.
It was UNCW's fourth title overall and the second time it won back-to-back titles, last coming in 2004 and 2005.
Georgia State compiled a tournament score of 300-297-289=886 to finish second two strokes back of UNCW and 17 ahead of third-place Old Dominion.
Delaware's Greg Matthias won medalist honors, carding a 72-68-77=217 for the win. The Blue Hens, though, finished in a tie for sixth.
Rounding out the Seahawks in the top 10 was sophomore Payne McLeod (72-75-75=222) who tied for eighth.
Sophomore Ryan Nagy (74-76-73=223), who finished tied for 11th, gave the Seahawks a counting score of 73 in the final round to ensure the win.
Red-shirt sophomore Stefan Brewer (79-74-73=228) also gave UNCW a counting score of 74 in the final round to finish in a tie for 20th.
The Seahawks will now wait to hear where they'll compete in the NCAA Championships on May 17-19. The announcement will be made on May 7.
UNCW (301-295-288=884); Georgia State (300-297-289=886); Old Dominion (307-290-306=903); VCU (305-296-303=904); George Mason (308-292-305=905); William & Mary (310-297-300=907); Delaware (312-289-306=907); James Madison (306-303-303=912); Towson (314-308-299=921); Drexel (321-308-301=930); Hofstra (321-309-305=935)
Greg Matthias (DEL) 72-68-77=217; Davin White (GSU) 77-72=69=218; Kevin Yerks (GMU) 75-71-74=220; Thomas Bass (UNCW) 80-72-69=221; Marc Dobias (VCU) 70-72-79=221; Tyler Gruca (GSU) 77-71-73=221; Patrick Sawrey (UNCW) 76-73-72=221; Payne McLeod (UNCW) 72-75-75=222; Damon Stephenson (GSU) 71-77-74=222; Tom Wilde (ODU) 75-71-76=222.