Banner day for CCU golf; Chants host Hackler next

Coastal Carolina junior Daniel Overas shot an even par 70 Tuesday and finished the 54 holes with a 3-under par 207 to claim his first collegiate win at the Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate, played at the par 70, 6,617-yard Palmetto Golf Course in Aiken.

Overas shared medalist honors with Georgia Southern’s Jake Storey, who shot a 1-under 69 today for his three-round score of 207. The pair did compete in a playoff with Overas winning in the first hole with a par. Both Overas and Storey defeated Storey’s Georgia Southern teammate Steven Fisk, who is the third-ranked collegiate golfer in the nation. This is the 34th time a Chanticleer has won a collegiate event since the 1991 and Overas is the 21st Chant to accomplish the feat over the same time span.

Overas not only captured his first win, but it marked his first career top 10 finish as he set career bests for single low round (70, twice), best 36-hole score by 18 strokes with his 136, best 54-hole score in relation to par by 12 strokes with his 3-under par and best total 54-hole score by 16 strokes with his 207. Overas led the field with an average score of 3.92 on the par 4’s and he posted 37 pars, the third-best total.

“What a great week for Daniel,” said first year Coastal Carolina head coach Jim Garren. “He was in position to win it outright in regulation, but I was proud he kept his head about him to win the playoff. He’s come a long way this year and now he’s a collegiate winner. I could not be any happier for him.”

The final round was plagued with rain and endured a lengthy delay, but Coastal, who posted a 13-over par Tuesday to stand as the third-best round of the day, was able to move up one spot to eighth with a 54-hole score of 860 (285-282-293). Virginia won the 18-team field event with a score of 840, followed by Georgia Southern (849) and host USC Aiken (855).

“It was another disappointing end to the day as we made three bogeys and a double on our last hole to drop from third to eighth,” Garren said. “If we want to reach our goals, we can’t have that happen. We had all the momentum when the weather delay hit and we saw the scoreboard. We got too caught up in that again and let it affect us when we resumed play. We have to keep fighting and getting better. The good news is I think we are getting close.”

Thadd Obecny II and Luis Ruiz each tied for 24th with a three-round total of 217. Obecny (70-72-75) jumped five spots in the final round with 5-over 75 while Ruiz (73-68-76) improved one spot in the final day with a 76. Obecny finished with the second-most pars in the field over 54 holes with 38.

States Fort was the big mover on Tuesday. The sophomore had three birdies and five bogeys to fire a 2-over par 72 and climbed 22 spots to finish in a tie for 38th with a total of 220 (72-76-72). Jonathan Goth-Rasmussen tied for 64th while carding a 226 (75-75-76).

While the team was in Aiken, Morgan Deneen and Andrew Roy stayed in the Grand Strand to compete in Appalachian State’s Bash at the Beach, played at the par 71, 6,741-yard Surf Golf and Beach Club in North Myrtle Beach.

Deneen tied his career best round by firing a 66 Tuesday. (He shot a 6-under 66 at the Tar Heel Intercollegiate this past fall.) With his effort, Deneen’s 3-under 66 today moved him 14 spots and he finished sixth with a 54-hole score of even par 213. He had a bogey on his second hole but birdied three of his next five to make the turn at 2-under par. He opened his back nine (on hole #1) with an eagle on the 493-yard par 5. He would get to 6-under after birdies on his 13th and 14th holes, but he dropped a shot on his 15th hole to post his round of 66.

Roy recorded his first career top 10 as he shot a career-best 3-over par, 216 (68-74-74) to finish in a tie for ninth.

Coastal Carolina will now turn its attention to hosting the General Hackler Championship this Saturday and Sunday (Mar. 10-11) at The Dunes Golf and Beach Club. As always, this year’s field will make the Hackler one of the nation’s top events as 14 of the 15 teams are ranked among the nation’s top 100, including #3 Texas A&M, #9 Georgia Tech, #11 LSU, #13 Wake Forest, #22 North Florida, #25 South Carolina, #34 Kent State, #39 Kentucky, #55 Liberty, #63 Virginia, #74 East Carolina, #78 East Tennessee State, #87 Coastal Carolina and #95 Virginia Tech.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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