First-round leader, Clemson, declared event champion
Cashiers, N.C. – Sunday’s final round of the 2014 Hummingbird Intercollegiate has been cancelled leaving first-round leader, Clemson, as the team champion. The Tigers (278) claim the one-stroke victory over Palmetto-state rival, Furman (279).
Individually, Furman’s Wehman Hopke and Logan Lagodich of Marshall shared individual medalist honors after both shot four-under par, 67, on Friday.
Wintry precipitation that fell late Friday evening into Saturday coupled with unfavorable forecasts as it relates to temperatures Saturday night into Sunday morning have prompted officials from both Western Carolina and the Country Club of Sapphire Valley to cancel the final 18 holes of competition.
“Some parts of the course will not receive enough sunshine to melt remaining snow or thaw enough to play. Best-case scenario would have been a shotgun start around 12:30 pm, which would push the completion of the round very close to sunset. Upon the advice of the golf course staff and the weather report, canceling play is the smartest option,” said WCU head coach Bryant Odom in a statement to the coaches on Saturday morning.
The final round of the 36-hole Hummingbird Intercollegiate was slated to be played Sunday. The opening round of action was moved from Saturday to Friday due to the impending inclement weather.
Behind the two squads from the Upstate of South Carolina, Marshall finished third after an even-par round of 284, followed by Cardinal Stritch (291) and Wingate (292) in rounding out the top five. Wofford (293) was just ahead of tournament host Western Carolina (295), followed by Samford and Brevard tied for eighth at 298. Rounding out the field was Guilford (10th, 302), Colgate (11th, 308) and Bucknell (12th, 318).
Senior J.T. Poston led the Catamount scoring five in a tie for third-place – his fourth top 10 and second top five finish of the fall – after shooting two-under par, 69. He finished tied with WCU individual Taylor Durand, who made his collegiate debut for the Purple & Gold.
The cancellation of the final round concludes play for Western Carolina in the fall portion of its 2014-15 men’s golf schedule. The Catamounts posted three top 10 team finishes in five seasonal events. WCU returns to action in the spring semester, opening at the Wexford Plantation Intercollegiate, hosted by Francis Marion on Feb. 23-24