Mountaineers Complete Final Day at Kiawah

  • By Russell Luna
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  • September 13, 2016 03:25 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The West Virginia University golf team recorded its third-best score in the new era with a total of 873 (+9) and finished tied for ninth at The Invitational at Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Resort in Johns Island, South Carolina, during the final round Tuesday.
The Mountaineers posted a 304 on the final day and finished nine over par (284-285-304=873). Middle Tennessee State won the tournament by shooting 14 under par (850), followed by Ole Miss at eight under par (856) and Maryland at five under par (859). Jake Marriott of Augusta claimed individual medalist honors by shooting nine under par (66-68-73=207) during the tournament.
Coming into Tuesday’s final round, senior Alan Cooke had shot five under par (69-70=139) to lead the team. He finished 92nd after his final round of golf was disqualified due to a wrong scorecard.  
“It’s 100 percent my fault,” coach Sean Covich said. “I check cards before guys hand them in. I thought it was right. It wasn’t. I cost these guys this week. They finished top-five and we leave tied for ninth because of a coaching error.”
West Virginia’s Max Sear tallied six birdies in the final 18 holes to finish one over par (73) and tie for 19th place to pace the Mountaineers. After a tough opening round of four over par (76), Sear finished with five under par (67) in round two and one over par (73) in the final round for a total score of 216.
Freshman Etienne Papineau carded a 74 during the final round to finish two over par (72-72-74=218) and tied for 33rd. Sophomore Tristan Nicholls tied for 49th after recording three birdies and finishing four over par (76). Nicholls completed the two-day tournament six over par (70-76-76=222).
Chris Williams placed 79th overall and finished nine over par on the final day to end the tournament plus 15 (73-77-81=231).
Competing individually, Cole Hand birdied two holes and finished four over par. Hand completed the event nineteen over par (81-78-76=235).
West Virginia continues the fall slate next Monday and Tuesday, Sept 19-20, at the Janney VCU Shootout at the Country Club of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia.