Blondell Takes Individual Title at Kaua'i Collegiate Cup as Eagles Finished Tied for First
Lihue, Kaua’i, Hawai’i - The Georgia Southern men’s golf team wrapped up the Kaua’i Collegiate Cup in a two-way tie for top honors with a final three day team total 860. East Tennessee State was declared the champion by a tie-breaker procedure. Sophomore Logan Blondell earned individual champion honors holding on to a one stroke lead after two rounds to finish with a 208 three-round total.
“The team played very well the entire tournament and we can’t be happier with our result. Logan [Blondell] played three great rounds to earn his second individual win of the year,” said head coach Larry Mays. “It was a long way to come but coming home with a win will make the trip worth it.”
After two rounds played on Friday, Georgia Southern finished with a three-stroke advantage over ESTU. But ETSU battled back and tied for first on the final hole of the tournament. Both teams finished the tournament with a four-under-par 860, 15 strokes ahead of third place Wayland Baptist (879).
Blondell finished two rounds of play on the 6, 981-yard, par 72 Wailua Golf Course with a 139 two-round score to best a one shot advantage over Seamus Powers of ETSU. Both competitors shot identical 69s in the final round as Blondell held on to the lead and finished play with an 8-under-par 208 to earn his second individual win. Blondell finished four strokes in front of Michael Loppnow of Wayland Baptist in third place.
Competing on an individual basis, junior Spencer Fulford carded a three-under par 213, just five strokes behind top-finisher Blondell, placing him in sole possession of fourth place. Blondell and Fulford were named to the All-Tournament Team for finishing in the top-five.
Drew Lethem and Joe Monte both finished with a tournament total 220, placing them in a tie for 12th place. Lethem carded a 77 in the third round, while Monte trimmed off three strokes from his second round score to post a 73 in the final round to put both Eagles in 12th place.
Ryan LeFevre jumped eight spots on the leader board from round two to complete a tournament total 221 with a third round par-72. LeFevre’s 221 pushed him into a tie for 14th. Also jumping on the leader boards was Jordan Johnstun who finished two rounds with a total of 149, tying him in 22nd. But a one-over par 73 final round tally propelled him to a tie for 16th place with a 222.
Georgia Southern returns home this week as the Schenkel E-Z-Go Invitational is set for March 20-22 at the Forest Heights Country Club. The 18-team event will begin Friday morning.
“Now we are looking forward to coming home to the Schenkel E-Z-Go Invitational this week and we hope our last two tournaments can give us some good momentum leading in to a tough field this week.”
1. East Tennessee 289-287-284 860 (by virtue of tie-breaker procedure)
2. Georgia Southern 284-289-287 860
3. Wayland Baptist 299-287-293 879
4. Sam Houston State 294-292-296 882
5. Lipscomb 303-290-299 892
6. South Carolina Upstate 302-305-294 901
7. North Dakota State 302-298-307 907
8. WKU 307-308-298 913
9. Walters State CC 309-307-303 919
10. Jackson State 304-307-315 926
11. Hawaii Pacific 319-305-318 942
1. Logan Blondell 70-69-69 208
4. Spencer Fulford 73-71-69 213*
T12.Drew Lethem 71-72-77 220
T12. Joe Monte 71-76-73 220
T14. Ryan LeFevre 77-72-72 -- 221
T16. Jordan Johnstun 72-77-73 -- 222
- Category: Golf
- Published on Sunday, 15 March 2009 00:29