Coastal men’s golf team takes ninth at Duke tourney

The Coastal Carolina men’s golf team moved up one spot Sunday to finish in a tie for ninth at Duke’s Rod Myers Invitational, played at the par=72, 7,136-yard Duke Golf Club.

Host Duke fired a 286 on the final day to move up one spot and win the 11-team event with a score of 285-290-286=861, nine strokes better than runner-up and 19th-ranked Baylor (870).

Senior Charlie Winegardner and freshman Peter Valasek led the Chanticleers, each tying for 24th. Winegardner carded rounds of 77-72-76 for a 54-hole total of nine-over par 225. Valasek, making his collegiate debut, started his final round with consecutive birdies, but suffered a bogey on his third hole and double bogey on his fourth hole. After another double on his ninth hole, Valasek finished with nine pars for his three-over par 75. For the event, he had rounds of 76-74-75 for his 225.

Sebastian Soderberg finished in a tie for 38th, turning in rounds of 78-72-79 for a three-round total of 229. Transfer Kevin Vanden Heuvel had 13 pars and five bogeys on Sunday for a final round 77. The sophomore finished in a tie for 47th (78-77-77=232). Roberto Ballesteros rounded out Coastal’s contingent, tying for 51st (77-76-81=234).

The team will return to action Oct. 31-Nov. 2, traveling to Skokie, Ill., to play in the annual Windon Memorial Classic, hosted by Northwestern.

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