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ETSU men's golf finishes ninth at Rod Myers Invitational; Komline fires career best round
Monday, October 11, 2010
DURHAM, N.C. (Oct. 10, 2010) - Junior Devin Komline (Dorset, Vt.) fired a career low round of 67 (5-under) to lead the ETSU men's golf team on the final day of the Rod Myers Invitational, Monday afternoon at the Duke University Golf Club. Komline finished the event tied for fifth at 3-under par (73-73-67—213) in the 65-player field.
"I was just keeping my round together through the first half of my round and I made a couple of nice par saves," said Komline. "The last seven holes I just really caught fire and was knocking it close and making some nice putts."
Komline recorded six birdies and just one bogey during his final round. His round started on the back nine as he made the turn in 36 (even-par). After pars on the opening two holes of his second nine, Komline blistered the Duke University Golf Club layout with five birdies on his next seven holes, to finish the side with a 5-under 31.
The 67 was the lowest 18-hole score recorded by the Bucs this season and was the lowest score of the day in the tournament. Komline jumped 24 positions following his final round as he was tied for 31st heading into the day.
The Bucs shot their lowest round of the tournament as a team on the final day, finishing the third round with a solid 2-over 290. They finished the tournament in ninth position at +13 (296-291-290—877).
"I thought we hit the ball fairly well throughout the weekend but we just had a few course management issues and we did not putt well at times," said ETSU head coach Fred Warren. "Definitely one of the bright spots was the play of Devin as he really put together a very nice round."
No. 13 Iowa won the tournament title after compiling a 13-under (277-286-288—851) team score for the three rounds. No. 14 North Carolina State finished second (8-under), while No. 41 Charlotte placed third (4-under). No. 31 Michigan (3-under) and No. 11 Duke (+2) round out the top five.
No. 30 Tulsa (+11), UNC Greensboro (+12), ETSU (+13), Middle Tennessee State (+15), Rice (+27), and VCU (+32) round out the tournament scoring for the field.
Albin Choi of North Carolina State won the individual title as he finished the tournament one-shot clear of the field at 5-under par (69-71-71—211). Donald Constabale of Minnesota, Brad Hopfinger of Iowa, and Michael Whitehead of Rice all finished a shot back at 4-under. Komline led a large group at 3-under to round out the top-five.
Senior Paul O'Kane (Castledawson, Northern Ireland) and freshman Spencer Lawson (Raleigh, N.C.) each shot rounds of 74 (2-over) on Monday. O'Kane finished the event tied for 26th at +3 (76-69-74—219). Lawson tied for 37th at +6 (73-75-74—222).
Sophomore Patrick Spraggs (Rochford, England) completed his first career collegiate tournament tied for 44th at +9 (75-74-76—225).
Peter Wilson (Locust Valley, N.Y.) finished the event with a three day total of 226 and tied for 52nd (75-76-75).
The Bucs will return to action October 15-17 as they will host the 13th annual Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate at The Ridges in Jonesborough.
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