Soderberg medals, CCU ties for third at Furman tourney

Coastal Carolina junior Sebastian Soderberg, who was in second after two rounds, birdied his first three holes Sunday and went on to shoot his third consecutive round of 68 to win medalist honors at the Furman Intercollegiate.

His play helped the Chanticleers tie for third in the 21-team field at the 6,994-yard, par 72 Furman University Golf Course.

Soderberg, who has two career runner-up finishes to his credit, becomes the first Chanticleer to win individual medalist honors since Dan Obremski won the Windon Memorial Classic Oct. 4-5, 2009. Soderberg also shot in the 60’s for three rounds of a tournament for the first time in his career and his 12-under par for three rounds is also a career-best.

In addition, his 54-hole total of 204 is both a career low by eight strokes and ranks as the fifth-best, 54-hole score in CCU history behind Dustin Johnson (198), Zack Byrd (201), Johnson (201) and Johnson (203).

Soderberg started Sunday one stroke behind the two-day leader and reeled off birdies on the first three holes. For the three days, he played the first three holes at 7-under par. He would suffer bogeys on holes seven and eight before closing the first nine with a birdie to get to 2-under.

After trading a birdie on 12 with a bogey on 14, Soderberg birdied the par 5 15th and the par 3 16th and posted pars on the final two holes for his third-straight 68 and win by two strokes, beating a field of 126 golfers.

Overall, Soderberg has now played in 32 collegiate events, posting five top 5’s, 7 top 10’s and 14 top 20’s. He entered the event with five career rounds in the 60’s and now has eighth, while posting 29 rounds of par or better.

Clemson, ranked 14th nationally, won the Furman Intercollegiate team title with an event record score of 260under par 838 (290-276-272). Virginia Tech took second (294-278-281=853) with Coastal and Wofford tying for third at 860.

The Chants moved from eighth to fourth to third over the three days, shooting 293-284-283 for a 4-under 860. Georgia, ranked 21st nationally, tied Troy and Charleston Southern for fifth at 867.

CCU senior Charlie Winegardner, who shot 77 in the opening round, closed with rounds of 70-72 to finish at 3-over 219. He moved from 90th to 50th to finish tied for 39th. He balanced three bogeys with three birdies to go along with 13 pars for his round of 72 Sunday. He now has six rounds of par of better this season thanks to two this weekend and has 15 over 30 career events.

Freshman Ben Wheeler improved 13 positions Sunday, posting an even par round of 72 after opening rounds of 74. He tied for 44th with his 4-over total of 220. Wheeler had three birdies and two bogeys on the front nine Sunday and three bogeys with two birdies on the back to card his 72.

Fellow freshman Peter Valasek tied for 62, turning in rounds of 74-72-78 for an 8-over 224. Classmate Andrew Dorn overcame his first two rounds, 81-76, to tie his career-low with a 71 Sunday, helping the Chants to tie for third. Dorn would move up 29 spots with his 71, tying for 86th.

Coastal Carolina will return to action March 31-April 1 at the annual Administaff Invitational, hosted by two-time defending NCAA Champion Augusta State at Forest Hills Golf Club. This will mark the final tournament for Coastal before heading to the Big South Championships, April 16-18.

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