GRU golf team finishes 8th at 3M Invitational

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. – The Jaguars wrapped up their home tournament, the 3M Augusta Invitational, on Sunday at Forest Hills Golf Club to take eighth in the 15-team field where seven of the top-25 teams in the nation competed in the 54-hole event.

All five Jaguars teed off on No. 1 to begin their final round of the weekend as host of the annual tournament, presented by the Augusta Golf Association. GRU Augusta began 13-strokes behind field-leading UCF and Texas to finish the final 18 holes in eighth place (868, +4).

Freshman Viktor Edin shot the low score for GRU Augusta in the third round with his 2-under 70 – finishing the event at 2-over (75-69-70). Edin birdied No. 1, No. 3, and No. 5 to start his day and ended up with six birdies overall to tie for 12th overall. Sophomore Maverick Antcliff, who paced the Jags after the first two rounds and was tied for ninth overall, carded a 2-over 74 in round three – finishing the event 1-under par (70-71-74) to tie for 17th. Junior Cody Shafer was plus-one after his front nine and finished the round with a 3-over 75 to take 40th overall (73-73-75, +5), posting a birdie on his front and back nine.

Lone Jaguar senior Alex Wennstam shot an even-par 72 in round three, to finish the event 8-over par after carding a 2-over and 6-over in the first two rounds. Wennstam finished his final round knotted at 55th. Sophomore Meechai Padung took par on his first hole, but triple bogeyed and doubled right after. Birdies on No. 6 and No. 7 helped Padung finish his front nine at 5-over, but he ended the day with his second 4-over 76 to finish the event 8-over par (76-72-76).

No. 7 UCF outlasted No. 19 Texas by one shot, singing for a team 846 (-18) to win the event. UCF’s Greg Eason, ranked seventh in the nation, posted the low round of the tournament with his 11-under 205 to hold off Virginia Tech’s No. 22 player in the nation, Scott Vincent, by one shot.