DATAW ISLAND, S.C. – Ty Palmer (Kernersville, N.C./Forsyth Country Day) shot a one-over-par 73 in Tuesday’s final round of the TaylorMade-adidas Intercollegiate golf tournament to claim medalist honors and help his Guilford College Quakers to the team crown. Palmer held off teammate Justin Perdue and Hampden-Sydney College’s Alex Simmons down the stretch to clinch his first individual title of the season and the second of his career.
Guilford, which also won the 2014 Intercollegiate title, shot 296 on the par-72, 6,789-yard Cotton Dike Course at the Dataw Island Club. The 12-team field enjoyed sunny skies with temperatures in the low 70s for most of the day.
The Quakers carded Tuesday’s low round to make up a five-stroke deficit on fifth-ranked Wittenberg College. Coach Justin Tereshko’s club shot 298-294-296-888 (+24) for its first win of the season. The Tigers fired a 306 Tuesday and finished four strokes behind Guilford at 293-293-306-892. Hampden-Sydney claimed third place at 298-300-299-897.
Palmer started the day with a two-stroke lead over Wittenberg’s Garrett Brickley and Virginia Wesleyan College’s Caleb Martin. The junior made the turn at two-under and parred holes 10-13, but bogeyed the 14th and lost two more strokes with a six on the par-four 15th hole. Perdue and Simmons both shot three-under on the front nine, but stumbled down the back stretch. Perdue rallied with an eagle on the par-five 18 to finish one-under for the day. Simmons birdied 18 for an even-par 72. Palmer recovered from the gaffes on 14 and 15 to par the final three holes, thus sealing the individual crown.
Wittenberg’s Sam Geise shot the Tigers’ low round of the day (73) and placed fourth with a six-over 222, one shot better than Brickley (71-74-78-223) and Virginia Wesleyan’s Evan Cox (75-73-75-223).
In addition to Palmer and Perdue’s strong play, Guilford got a career-low 74 from sophomore Salah Sayess (Statesville, N.C./Forsyth Country Day) and a 78 from rookie Tommy Schick. Sayess climbed into a share of 33rd place in the 84-man field with a 36-hole 85-75-74. Schick finished in 13th-place tie with a 73-76-78-227 in his first varsity appearance for the Quakers. Guilford’s Aaron Abts (Winston-Salem, N.C./Ledford (UNC Pembroke)) shot 79-80-81-240 and placed 49th.
Tereshko’s Quakers, ranked 18th in the latest Golfstat.com Division III Relative Rankings, compete at the Jekyll Island Intercollegiate in Georgia, March 18-20.