Piscataway, N.J. – Trailing by two strokes entering Saturday's final round at the Rutgers Invitational, the USC Upstate men's golf team fired its lowest round of the tournament and claimed the team championship for the third straight year at the event.
Upstate has now made six appearances at the Rutgers Invitational played at the Rutgers University Golf Course and have returned to Spartanburg with four team and four individual championships. With the win at Rutgers Saturday, the Spartans have now won both of the tournaments they have played this season after winning the Springhill Suites Intercollegiate, which concluded last Tuesday in Florence, S.C.
"This was another exciting finish," said Upstate head coach Todd Lawton. "Everyone played well and I am proud of how they kept patient, even when missing birdie opportunities early in the round."
Ryan Cornfield (Dudley, England) paced the Spartans in the final round, firing a 68 to finish tied for second in the tournament by just two strokes. He finished the 54-hole tournament at 2-under-par with a 211 total.
Upstate placed three Spartans in the top 6 in the tournament. Following Cornfield was Adam Goins (Gaffney, S.C.) and Taylor White (Duncan, S.C.). Both shot 71 on Saturday with Goins finishing the tournament tied for fourth at 212 and White finishing tied for sixth at 213. Danny Brock (Simpsonville, S.C.) shot a 73 Saturday and finished a solid tournament in a tie for 18th with a 220 total. Sebastian Lopez Bulla (Bogota, Colombia) shot a 72 as the fourth countable score Saturday and finished tied for 27th with a 222 total.
"Ryan played so well again and is a leader on the course," said Lawton. "Adam's birdies on 16 and 17 were keys to our win. Taylor played his last seven holes at 2-under and Sebastian broke through with a nice 72. Danny was right there illustrating a great team effort. I am very proud of what they've accomplished in a short time. We will work to continue to be successful."
Upstate shot rounds of 289, 284 and 282 to win the tournament with an 855 total. The Spartans lowered their score in each round. Bethune-Cookman was second with an 857 total and was followed by Rutgers (864), Hofstra (877), Lehigh (878), Adelphi (882), La Salle (891), Savannah State (891), Monmouth (894), Rytgers-B (894), Fairleigh Dickinson (895), St. Peter's (896), Rider (907), Wagner (913), Fairfield (932) and St. Francis (948).
Rutgers' Jacob Stockl shot a 71 Saturday and claimed the individual championship with a 4-under par 209, just two strokes ahead of Cornfield.