Daufuskie Island, S.C. – Charleston Southern combined for a 320 during a high-scoring final round to take ninth in the 2012 Rees Jones Invitational, which wrapped up Tuesday afternoon at the Haig Point Club.
Liberty won the 12-team event which featured a wet and windy final 18 holes in the Jones Signature Course. Tuesday’s final round was even halted by a weather delay.
The Flames claimed the team title with a 6-over par 870 and Liberty’s Niklas Lindstrom took medalist honors at the event finish with a 3-under 213 for his 54-hole total. The Flames cruised to a 24-stroke victory over East Carolina, while host South Carolina finished third in the 12-team standings.
CSU sophomore Jarrett Swan finished tied for 23rd after a 79 in the final round for the Bucs’ low score of the day. He finished the tournament at 229.
The majority of the field struggled with the conditions. Only four golfers broke par.
Junior Ross Thomson was one of those who struggled with the elements on Tuesday. He slipped to 28th after a strong opening 36 holes. He started the day seventh.
Sophomore Choo Teck Ng had one of Tuesday’s best rounds with a 76. He climbed 12 spots to finish 31st. Nicolas Baena finished tied for 56th after an 84 in his final round, while sophomore James Canaday was 62nd after closing the tournament with an 88.
Liberty’s team score of 6-over-par 870 in the play-five-count-four format was lowest in the tournament’s short history. East Carolina rallied to overtake host South Carolina for second place with a total of 894. The Gamecocks, who were led by Dykes Harbin, were third with 896. Harbin, a senior from Augusta, Ga., posted a 5-over total of 221 to take the sixth place among individuals.
Defending team champion Kennesaw State (2010 and 2011 winner) finished eighth among the 12 teams with a 921 total.
The Bucs return to action Oct. 14-16 at the Kenny Perry Invitational hosted by Western Kentucky. The 54-hole event is held at The Club at Old Stone in Alvaton, Ky.Related Item: Box Score