ST. HELENA ISLAND, G.C. – Guilford College earned its second straight tournament title Tuesday with an eight-shot victory in the TaylorMade adidas Intercollegiate at the Dataw Island Golf Club.
The Quakers led from wire to wire in the 54-hole tournament on the par-72, 6,789-yard course in the South Carolina Lowcountry. Guilford shot 294-301-314-909 to outdistance the 14-team field, which included five schools ranked among the top 25 in NCAA Division III according to Golfstat.com. Concordia (Texas) University shot Tuesday’s second-low round Tuesday (302) and leapfrogged Hampden-Sydney College into second place with a 300-315-302-917. Led by individual medalist Brian Burt and runner-up Rick O’Connell, Hampden-Sydney placed third with a 307-301-313-921.
Guilford had five golfers place among the top-18 finishers in the 90-man field. Rookies Tanner Gross (Archdale, N.C./Home school) and Ty Palmer (Kernersville, N.C./Forsyth Country Day) shared seventh place after shooting 11-over-227. Senior Dallas Page (Reidsville, N.C./Rockingham County (Averett)) shared 12th place with a 229, two shots better than teammate Drew Thompson, who placed 19th with a 231. Playing as an individual, junior Mitch Robinette came home in 16th place at 230. Guilford’s Nick Shedd shot the Quakers’ low score Tuesday (76) and shared 22nd place.
Hampden-Sydney’s Burt shot one-over 217 for the tournament, including a two-over 74 in Tuesday’s final round. He edged teammate Rick O’Connell by two strokes after O’Connell fired a 75-72-72-219.
The TaylorMade Intercollegiate featured five teams ranked among the top-25 schools listed in the current Golfstat.com NCAA Division III Relative Rankings, including second-ranked Wittenberg University, which finished in fourth place. The Tigers are also ranked first in the latest Golf World/Nike Golf Division III Coaches’ Poll. Coach Corey Maggard’s Quakers are ranked sixth in the poll and fifth according to Golfstat.
Guilford plays in the Panther Invitational in Palm Bay, Fla., Mar. 17-18.