Braselton, Ga. – The USC Upstate men’s golf team concluded action in the inaugural Bridgestone Match Play on Monday with a 4-2 loss to Jacksonville before facing off in a Green vs. White match at the Legends at Chateau Elan.
Upstate finished its second round match with Jacksonville Monday morning after play was suspended on Sunday due to darkness. The Spartans received individual victories from Sebastian Lopez Bulla at the No. 3 position and Tom Schofield playing in the No. 5 spot. Lopez Bulla was victorious over Raul Pereda 3&1 while Schofield topped Ryan Jahn 4&3.
“I am very excited that our team played in the inaugural Bridgestone Match Play event at The Legends,” said Upstate head coach Todd Lawton. “Special thanks to all the help and organization that Sean and his staff at the Legends provided throughout the event. The course is fantastic and perfect for match play.”
Following its match against Jacksonville, Upstate squared off in a Green vs. White contest to finish up its play at the event. The Green Team consisting of Schofield, Ryan Cornfield, Trey Taylor and Matt Carter defeated the White Team by a score of 4-0. Cornfield and Schofield both recorded 1-up victories in their respective matches as Cornfield defeated Taylor White and Schofield held off Lopez Bulla. Taylor won 6&5 over Andrew Purcell and Carter 3&2 against Alejandro Lopez.
Jacksonville took home the Bridgestone Match Play team championship after winning all three of its matches over the two-day span.
“Congratulations to Jacksonville on their win and also to Coach Mike Blackburn (Jacksonville) and Will Brewer (Lipscomb) for their success and help with getting this event off the ground,” added Lawton. “I know that future years will be incredible. USC Upstate Associate AD/Sports Medicine Sandy Sandago provided our training needs as well as administrative support. His experience with collegiate golf is so valuable and I appreciate his time.”
The Spartans will return to the course Sept. 27-29 for the Badger Invitational in Madison, Wisc.
“Our players had the opportunity to play our conference venue and experience match play,” concluded Lawton. “I am excited about the rest of the fall season and seeing our players develop and excel.”