After an impressive second place finish in the Cleveland Golf Palmetto Invitational, the Virginia men’s golf team placed fifth in the 21st meeting of the General Hackler Championship at the Dunes Golf and Beach Club in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The No. 47 Cavaliers shot a 4-under 860 with a strong 6-under final round to finish the tournament.
Filling out the lineup for the Cavaliers were junior Pietro Bovari and seniors Jimmie Massie and Sam Jung and sophomores George Duangmanee and Chris Fosdick.
Virginia turned in a 1-over 289 in the opening round to place in fifth, eight shots back from Auburn’s 7-under 281. Sophomore J.M. Butler carded a 4-under 68 to help Auburn take the early lead.
The Cavaliers started and ended the second round in fifth place with another 1-over 289 that pushed the possibilities of clinching a win to nearly impossible as they trailed by 15 strokes to East Tennessee State.
Coach Bowen Sargent was able to make adjustments to the team’s game and Virginia was able to shoot a 6-under 282 in the final round of the tournament. Despite the improvement, it was no match for Auburn’s electrifying 17-under 271 and the Cavaliers finished the tournament in fifth place.
The individual portion of the tournament, in which no Virginia players competed, was won by Oklahoma State senior Rasmus Neergaard-Petersen who shot a 12-under 204. He had the lowest round of the week when he shot a 64 during his second round of the week.
Bovari led the way for the Cavaliers and tied for 17th place shooting a 3-under 213 after opening and closing the tournament with two rounds of 70. With that, Bovari has now been Virginia’s top finisher in four of the last five tournaments for the team.
Massie also finished under par and placed 26th overall with an impressive closing round of 69. He was five-under through 13 holes, but finished with back-to-back bogeys on the last two holes. Massie performed well early on and led the tournament after his first round 67.
Duangmanee finished in 48th place with a 1-under second round and a total score of 220. Jung followed closely behind and carded a 221 finishing in 51st. Fosdick finished the tournament in 66th place with a strong closing 71.
The Cavaliers performed especially well on the par fives with an average score of 4.68 strokes for the tournament and a total of 19-under which was the third best statistic in this category of the 15 teams in the tournament. Notably, the Cavaliers’ Jung scored 7-under on par fives for the tournament, including one eagle, which tied for sixth in this category.
Next up, Virginia will compete March 20 to 22 at Reynolds-Great Water in the Linger Longer Invitational in Greensboro, Ga.