GREENSBORO, N.C. – Greensboro College shot 293-304-597 to capture its third O’Briant-Jensen Memorial Golf Tournament Tuesday at the Sedgefield Country Club-Pete Dye Course. Playing as an individual, Guilford College junior Nick Shedd (Williamsburg, Va./Lafayette) won his first college medalist honor by shooting 69-72-141.
The host Quakers shot 306 Tuesday, the day’s third-lowest round behind Greensboro (304) and Berry (Ga.) College (305). Guilford (302-306-608) elevated from fifth place into second, one shot ahead of third-place Hampden-Sydney College (295-314-609). Seven-time O’Briant-Jensen titlist Methodist University (305-307-612) shared fourth place with LaGrange College (305-307-612).
The 18 teams found sunny skies and warm temperatures, but challenging pin placements in Tuesday’s final round. The 96 individuals averaged 80.96 strokes on the par-70, 7,002-yard layout in northwest Greensboro.
John Grimes paced Greensboro with a 71-74-145 and teammate Greg Pappas placed seventh with a 73-75-148. The Pride’s Christopher Cox (74-78-152) and Nick Peoples (75-77-152) finished in a share of 18th place. Coach Dirk Fennie’s club posted the low scored in both rounds to claim its first O’Briant-Jensen title since 1999.
Freshman Ty Palmer’s (Kernersville, N.C./Forsyth Country Day) three-over 73 carried the Quakers up the leaderboard into second place, three spots higher than where they started the round. Palmer’s 73 was second only to Shedd’s 72 among Tuesday’s scores. Teammate Dallas Page (Reidsville, N.C./Rockingham County (Averett)) carded a 75 to finish in a share of 28th place. Freshman Brad White carded a 78 and finished in 31st at 155. Sophomore Drew Thompson’s 80 provided Guilford’s fourth score Tuesday and helped him to a share of 22nd place overall.
Guilford’s third O’Briant-Jensen medalist in four years, Shedd started the day two strokes behind Averett University’s Brandon Grogan but got off to a good start with a birdie two on the second hole. He made the turn at one-over, bogeyed the par-four 10th hole, birdied the par-four 11th and parred out to capture medalist honors. Grogan had two birdies on the front nine and made the turn two over, but faltered on the back nine to finish with a 76. His 67-76-143 finished two shots behind Shedd. Berry’s Tommy McCloskey took third with a 70-74-144.
The 36-hole tournament is named for former Guilford golf coach Jack Jensen and boosters Tom and Bettie O’Briant. The event has been held annually since 1978 when it was named the Guilford Invitational. This year’s event featured six teams ranked in the Golf World/Nike Golf Division III Coaches’ Poll, including fourth-ranked Guilford and sixth-ranked Methodist.