USC Upstate placed three players in the Top 25 on the individual leaderboard, led by Duncan’s Taylor White who claimed a tie for fourth place at 1-under for the tournament as the General Hackler Championship concluded Tuesday afternoon at the Dunes Golf and Beach Club.
White shot an even-par 72 in the final round to shoot 215. The tie for fourth is his second Top 5 individual finish of the season. He was 4-under on the back-nine with four birdies to highlight the round Tuesday.
White was not alone in turning in a solid tournament effort in a strong tournament field. Twelve of the 15 teams in the field are ranked in the Top 100 in the nation. Sebastian Lopez Bulla claimed a tie for 18th, while Ryan Cornfield finished in a tie for 22nd.
Upstate counted scores of 72 from White, 73 from Cornfield, 75 from Lopez Bulla and 85 from Sean Hassell. Andrew Purcell finished with an 87. Cornfield played the front-nine at 1-over and the back at even to shoot 73, while Lopez Bulla was nearly flawless in his round. He made 16 pars, one bogey and one double bogey to shoot 75. The Spartans finished with 26 birdies in the tournament, seven on Tuesday.
Upstate closed the tournament with a 305 to finish 13th. Upstate entered the tournament as the lowest-ranked team in the field and topped two ahead of it in the national rankings, including No. 89 Charleston Southern and No. 146 Cincinnati.
No. 25 North Florida won the tournament with an 861 total. No. 52 NC State was second at 873 and was followed by No. 55 Iowa State (876), No. 90 North Texas (877), No. 53 Charlotte (879), No. 91 Kent State (884), No. 54 East Carolina (889), No. 126 Coastal Carolina (890), No. 57 Winthrop (896), No. 148 Middle Tennessee State (897), No. 42 ETSU (901), No. 93 Jacksonville (902), No. 172 Upstate (903), No. 146 Cincinnati (907) and No. 89 Charleston Southern (913).
“We played so well at positions 1-3 this week that we were competitive with a great field and were able to beat a couple of very good teams,” said Upstate head coach Todd Lawton. “We aren’t looking for consolation prizes though and there is work to do in every area. I am so proud of Taylor playing in a position to win again. I know he will close it out soon and get his first individual title. Sebastian has played his last four rounds so well. Ryan was again his competitive self. This is a first-class event on one of the best venues in the state and I hope we can compete again in the future.”
North Florida’s Joey Petronio, Winthrop’s Zach Seabolt and Iowa State’s Nick Voke tied for the individual championship at 4-under 212 for the tournament.