Bucs finish eighth at The Invitational at the Ocean Course

Bucs finish eighth at The Invitational at the Ocean Course

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – Charleston Southern shot its lowest round of the weekend in Sunday's final round to finish eighth at The Invitational played at the Ocean Course. The Buccaneers (891) fired a team-295 to close ahead of Western Carolina in sole possession of eighth, two strokes behind Duke (889) and three strokes back of College of Charleston (888).

South Florida ran away with the event, winning by 27 strokes after finishing at 14-under par for the 54-hole event. The Bulls' Chase Koepka won the event at 8-under par.

Sophomore Austin James and freshman R.J. Keur were the Bucs' top finishes. Both tied for 21st. Senior Jarrett Swan finished tied for 23rd and junior Nico Baena tied for 33rd.

"The guys played very solid all week," CSU Dirctor of Golf Mike Wilson said Sunday. "We didn't count a score over 75 today. On a course like this, that is quite the accomplishment. We are looking forward to getting a solid week of practice to get ready for the Rees Jones Intercollegiate"

Swan shot an even-par 72 in his final round which included four birdies. He birdied the fifth and sixth holes to bounce back from a double bogey on No. 2 to get back to even par on the day.

James had four birdies in his round as well, including three on the back nine in a six-hole stretch. He shot a 75 (+3).

Keur, who shot a 75 (+3) on Sunday, impressed in his first collegiate tournament finishing at 222 (+6) for the weekend. Like Swan, he birdied  holes five and six to finish his round on a high note.

Baena started fast on Sunday with two quick birdies, then played the front nine at 1-under to climb back into the top half of the field. He finished with a 73 (+1).

Senior Will Pieper finished tied for 64th and shot an 82 on Sunday with a birdie.

The Bucs travel to Daufauskie Island, S.C. Rees Jones Intercollegiate, played at Haig Point Golf Club. The tournament begins Sept. 21.

-CSU-

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