Soderberg wins, Chants in top 10 at Augusta tourney

Coastal Carolina senior Sebastian Soderberg (75-68-66=209) fired a final-round 66 Sunday and out-dueled UCF’s Greg Eason (70-70-69=209) to win a five-hole playoff at the prestigious Insperirty Augusta (GA) State Invitational Sunday at the par 72, 7,143-yard Forest Hills Golf Club.

The Chanticleers tied for 10th in the 15-team field that featured 12 of the nation’s top 50 ranked programs. No. 6-ranked Texas edged host Augusta State for first. South Carolina finished fith and Clemson placed seventh.

Soderberg, ranked 60th in the nation, and Eason, ranked 21st, both birdied the first playoff hole, then made three straight pars. On the 456-yard, par 4 fifth hole – which Soderberg had posted bogey in the first round, birdied in the second and posted par in the third – Soderberg hit five iron and then hit wedge just off the back of the green. However, he was able to sink a 15-footer for birdie to win.

“Yesterday, on the first hole of the day I made about a 50-footer up the hill,” Soderberg said. “This is my fourth year playing here and yesterday was the first time I shot in the 60’s at Forest Hills. My game is just so much better than it has been in the last three years. In the past I’ve always hit the ball pretty good, but the putting has always been an issue and now I’m more of a mature putter and stay patient.”

This marks the second career win for Soderberg, who won the 2012 Furman Intercollegiate with scores of 68-68-68=204. This additionally marks Soderberg’s fourth straight top 10 finish of the spring, tying for seventh, fifth and second twice, respectively.

Photo by Joel Beachum

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