Wilmington, Del. - Led by freshman Davin White's career-best second place finish, Georgia State finished second Sunday at the 2012 CAA Men's Golf Championship at Wilmington (Del.) Country Club. The Panthers shot the second lowest round of the tournament, but were unable to overcome UNCW's impressive finish.
The Panthers final round 5-over 289 was topped by UNCW's tournament low 4-over, 288, as the Seahawks won the event by two strokes. GSU finished 34-over for the tournament as weather conditions settled down during the final 18 holes.
White, making his CAA debut, shot a final round 69, which tied a career-low, to finish alone in second place at 5-over, just one stroke behind Delaware's Greg Matthias.
White and sophomore Tyler Gruca each finished among the top five to earn CAA All-Tournament honors.
"Although I am disappointed that we were not able to earn the victory today, I am proud of the way we played," commented head coach Joe Inman after the round. "If you had told me our worst score would be 3-over today, I would have felt really good, but it was not meant to be. We tip our caps to UNCW on a well played tournament.
"Davin played excellent golf today. He worked hard all season long and kept improving and was rewarded by a career-best finish today."
White's final round included four birdies, as he shot 1-under on both the front and back nines.
Gruca's final round 73 gave him a tie for fourth place at 8-over par. The sophomore made three birdies on the back nine, including an impressive 15-foot birdie at the last.
Freshman Damon Stephenson finished tied for eighth at 9-over par following a final round 74. He made three straight birdies on the back nine before an impressive up and down par save at the 17th which gave the Panthers a chance heading to the 18th hole.
Sophomore Grant Cagle shot a final round 73 to finish the event at 12-over and finished with a career-best tie for 13th place.
Senior Clemens Dvorak, playing in his final round for Georgia State, also shot a final round 74 and finished 16-over, tied for 23rd.
The Seahawks, which held a one stroke lead entering the final round, earned the CAA's automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals next month. Entering the final round of play, six teams were within five strokes of the lead, however, only UNCW and GSU had a chance at the end. Old Dominion finished third at 51-over, with VCU one-stroke back in fourth at 52-over. George Mason finished fifth at 53-over, followed by a tie for sixth between William & Mary and Delaware at 55-over.
Matthias, the second round leader, struggled with a final round 77, but with the one stroke win, will advance to the NCAA Regionals. George Mason's Kevin Yerks finished alone in third at 7-over. Tying with Gruca for fourth were UNCW's Thomas Bass and Patrick Sawrey, along with VCU's Marc Dobias.
Georgia State will begin the 2012-13 season in mid-September. The Panthers will lose two seniors and add two newcomers in the fall.