SAPPHIRE, N.C. – William Harwood earned his fourth-career top-10 finish and the Elon University men’s golf team’s comeback fell just short as the Phoenix claimed a runner-up finish at Hummingbird Intercollegiate on Tuesday, Oct. 3, at the Country Club of Sapphire Valley.
“Every shot matters,” said head coach Don Hill. “If we go back and look at the course of 54 holes played at Western Carolina, we can pick it apart and find things we could have done a little bit better. The first round was missed opportunities and we didn’t capitalize on some good chances. In the grand scheme of things, we just ran out of holes and we’ve got to click on all five cylinders if we want to win college golf tournaments. But, there was so much solid play from our guys. We’re excited and we’re hoping to take the momentum from this week and carry it over into our home tournament of the Phoenix Invitational in a few weeks time.”
The Phoenix (289-288-282–859) made a late surge in the final two rounds after trailing by 14 strokes after the first 18 holes. Elon just shot two-over par as a team in the final two rounds, attempting to catch tournament leader Gardner-Webb. However, the Runnin’ Bulldogs would hold on for the three-stroke victory to claim the Hummingbird Intercollegiate tournament title.
Harwood made seven birdies over the final two rounds to finish tied for 10th with a one over-par 214 for the tournament.
Jake Leavitt, Charlie May and Quade Lukes also earned top-15 finishes, placing in a tie for 13th individually.
Leavitt earned his 11th career top-25 finish after making five birdies in the final two rounds to finish with a two over-par 215 at the Country Club of Sapphire Valley. Lukes and May each drained eight birdies over the final 36 holes.
Lukes made six birdies in the final round to move up 20 places, while May’s five birdies leaped him six spots up the leaderboard.
Additionally for the Phoenix, Philip Loeb finished in a tie for 26th place individually, while Dustin Blank placed in a tie for 34th. Rounding out the Elon competitors was Patrick Frodigh and William Frodigh, who finished in a tie for 45th and a tie for 78th, respectively.
Elon takes a weekend off before hosting the Phoenix Invitational, Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 16-17, at Alamance Country Club in Burlington, N.C.
Oct. 2-3 | Sapphire, N.C.
Final Team Standings
1. Gardner-Webb (275-284-297–856) +4
2. Elon (289-288-282–859) +7
T3. Morehead State (295-285-289–869) +17
T3. Central Arkansas (294-280-295–869) +17
5. Radford (292-295-289–876) +24
6. Tennessee Tech (291-287-303–881) +29
T7. Marshall (292-301-291–884) +32
T7. Western Carolina (297-298-289–884) +32
9. Austin Peay (300-295-295–890) +38
T10. Belmont (295-296-301–892) +40
T10. Charleston Southern (305-290-297–892) +40
T12. Presbyterian College (304-291-298–893) +41
T12. Colgate (301-293-299-893) +41
Elon Individuals – Final Results
T10. William Harwood (69-74-71–214) +!
T13. Jake Leavitt (72-71-72–215) +2
T13. Quade Lukes (75-72-68–215) +2
T13. Charlie May (73-71-71–215) +2
T26. Philip Loeb (73-72-75–220) +7
T34. Dustin Blank (72-70-80–222) +9
T45. Patrick Frodigh (7574-75–224) +11
T78. William Frodigh (81-76-79–236) +23