Chants bag top-10 finish at prestigious Hayt Collegiate

ccugolf-dorn2Coastal Carolina completed the John Hayt Collegiate Invitational with a final round 300 Tuesday and finished with a 54-hole score of 887 to place 10tin the 15-team field, played at the par-72, 6,966-yard Sawgrass Country Club.

The event featured five nationally-ranked teams, including three of the nation’s top 13. Second-ranked Oklahoma State pulled away on Tuesday with a 5-under 282 and finished at 19-under 845 for the three rounds. The Cowboys were followed by #6 UCF (855) and #13 UAB (859).

Tennessee, ranked 47th, finished three strokes ahead of Coastal and placed seventh (tied) while #27 Liberty finished four strokes behind the Chants and placed 12th.

Junior Andrew Dorn moved up six spots to finish in a tie for 21st after a final round 72. He was 2-over par for the tournament, shooting 74-72-72=218. Starting on the first hole, he was 2-under par at the turn with birdies on holes 2 and 9.

After back-to-back bogeys on holes 12 and 13 brought Dorn back to level par, he birdied the par 3, 15th hole before dropping a shot on 17 to turn in his even par round. With back-to-back rounds of par to finish the Hayt Collegiate Dorn has now shot par or better in eight of his 18 rounds this season.

Senior Roberto Ballesteros jumped 10 spots on the final day as he turned in his second straight round of 1-over par 73. He finished tied for 27th with rounds of 77-73-73=223. On Tuesday, Ballesteros had four bogeys and three birdies with 11 pars for his 73.

Junior Ben Wheeler tied for 27th and was 3-over par for the 54 holes, finishing with rounds of 67-74-78=219. His round was marred Tuesday with a triple bogey on the par 5, 4th hole and double bogey on the par 4, 5th. On the other 16 holes, Wheeler was just 1–over par, posting two bogeys, a birdie and 13 pars.

Junior Peter Valasek and freshman Olle Widegren each tied for 62nd. Valasek had rounds of 75-76-78=229 while Widegren had rounds of 77-75-77=229.

Coastal Carolina will return to action Mar. 10-12 at the Querencia Cabo Collegiate. The event will be played in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico and is hosted by SMU.

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