ASU rolls to easy win on the links

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Tuesday March 31, 2009

AWENDAW, S.C. – Augusta State carded a final-round, seven-under 277 Tuesday and claimed a wire-to-wire, eight-shot victory in the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate at Bulls Bay Golf Club just outside of Charleston.

ASU’s Janne Kaske fired the lowest round of his collegiate career, a six-under 65, and captured his first collegiate individual title with a two-stroke win over South Carolina’s George Bryan IV.

The team victory, against a field that included nine teams ranked among the top 50 in the nation, was the first win for the Jaguar men’s golf program since claiming the 2005 NCAA Central Regional title in South Bend, Ind.

ASU’s team total of 17-under 835 was the lowest since the squad’s runnerup effort in the 2008 East Regional in Chattanooga, Tenn., where the Jags posted a total of 20-under 832.

Kaske’s three-round total of 199 (-14) matched the record for the lowest 54-hole total in school history, equaling Oliver Wilson’s standard that he established during the 2003 Cleveland Golf/Augusta State Invitational at Forest Hills Golf Club.

A senior from Porvoo, Finland, Kaske carded a three-under 33 on the front nine, then added birdies at the par-11th and par-5 13th before closing his round in style with a birdie on the par-4 18th for an inward 32 and the lowest round of his career.