Aided by a pair of 3-under-par rounds of 69 from Ryan Cornfield and Taylor White, the USC Upstate men’s golf team finished tied for sixth at the Coca-Cola Wofford Invitational Tuesday afternoon at the Country Club of Spartanburg.
Both Cornfield and White turned in tremendous rounds. They both finished with four birdies and a bogey to shoot 69 and lead the Spartans. They claimed a tie for ninth place on the individual leaderboard, Cornfield’s fifth of the year and White’s third.
Upstate shot a final round 284 after counting scores of 69 from Cornfield and White, and 73 from both Sebastian Lopez Bulla and Tom Schofield. The round is the lowest shot this season for the Spartans as Upstate posted three of its four-lowest rounds of the year in the tournament Monday and Tuesday. The 284 is tied for the 13th-lowest round in program history. The round helped Upstate shoot 4-under 860 for the tournament.
Army won the team championship with an 834 total. Wofford was second at 840 and was followed by Presbyterian (854), Western Carolina (856), Francis Marion (857), Upstate (860), Austin Peay (860), Lamar (864), Furman (865), Gardner-Webb (870), Stetson (873), Bethune-Cookman (877), Appalachian State (882) and Longwood (904). Army’s Justin Pagila won the individual championship with an 11-under-par score of 205.
Cornfield played his first 11 holes at even-par following a birdie and a bogey before playing his final eight holes at 3-under to shoot 69. White was 1-over after 10 holes, but birdied four of his last eight holes to shoot 69 as well. The two combined for 20 birdies and an eagle in the tournament.
Lopez Bulla was 3-over after nine holes in his round, but rallied with two birdies in his final nine holes to shoot 1-over 73. Schofield was 4-over after 10 holes in his round, but also rallied with three birdies over the final eight to shoot 73. Trey Taylor carded a 76 and added a pair of birdies in his round as well.
Overall, Upstate converted 16 birdies in the final round. The Spartans finished the tournament with 49 birdies and an eagle.
Upstate now turns its attention to the A-Sun Championships April 20-22 at the Legends Course at the Chateau Elan Resort in Braselton, Ga. The Spartans will look to claim its top showing ever in the tournament, a pair of sixth-place efforts in 2010 and 2011. Cornfield will also look to build his case for an individual invitation to the NCAA Regional if the Spartans don’t win the league’s automatic berth with the team championship.