ALPHARETTA, Ga. (Oct. 26, 2010) - Freshman Spencer Lawson (Raleigh, N.C.) fired a final round 2-over par 74 to lead the Bucs on the final day of the U.S. Collegiate Championships, Tuesday afternoon.
Lawson got off to a strong start to his round after a birdie on the opening hole. He continued his solid play recording pars on the next eight holes to finish the front nine at 1-under (35). He continued his strong play on the first two holes of the back nine by recording back to back birdies. Then, he hit a tough stretch where he went 5-over on his next six holes to finish at 2-over. He finished the tournament at 10-over and tied for 50th in the 78-player field.
The Bucs finished in 13th position on the team leaderboard in the 15-team field after finishing with a final round 305 (+17) at the 7,017-yard, par-72 The Golf Club of Georgia layout. ETSU shot 300 in their opening round on Sunday and 302 in Monday's second round.
No. 17 ranked and host Georgia Tech won the team title in wire-to-wire fashion with a 28-under team score for the three rounds. No. 3 UCLA finished in second at 1-under, while No. 16 Texas A&M came in third at 2-over. Southern California also finished in fourth at 3-over, and No. 19 Virginia rounded out the top five at 6-over. The event, which is considered one of the tops in college golf, featured 11 teams ranked in the top-40 of the national rankings.
James White of Georgia Tech earned the wire-to-wire individual title with a 12-under total. T.J. Vogel of USC came in second at 7-under, while Jordan Russell of Texas A&M finished third at 6-under.
ETSU junior Peter Wilson (Locust Valley, N.Y.) shot a final round 76 (+4) and finished tied for 57th at +12. Devin Komline (Dorset, Vt.) finished tied for 64th at +15 following a final round 77 on Tuesday.
Senior Paul O'Kane (Castledawson, Northern Ireland) finished his third round with a 78 and finished tied for 53rd, while sophomore Patrick Spraggs (Rochford, England) shot 80 to round out the scoring for the Bucs on Tuesday.
The U.S. Collegiate Championship marked the last event of the fall for the Bucs, but they will return to tournament play on February 1st for the Jacksonville University Invitational to open the spring season.
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1. Georgia Tech - 271-285-280—836
2. UCLA - 286-287-290—863
3. Texas A&M - 284-286-296—866
4. Southern Cal - 288-279-300—867
5. Virginia - 289-293-288—870
6. Wake Forest - 300-291-280—871
7. Duke - 292-290-290—872
8. California - 291-290-295—876
T9. Kent State - 294-301-294—889
T9. Florida State - 298-298-293—889
11. Washington - 301-293-300—894
12. Clemson - 303-300-302—905
13. East Tennessee State - 300-302-305--907
14. Georgia State - 309-304-296—909
15. South Carolina - 305-302-312—919