BURLINGTON, Iowa – Charleston Southern junior R.J. Keur carded a two-under par 70 to rise three spots and place fifth at the Golfweek Conference Challenge on Sunday. The Bucs shot a final round score of five-over 293 to finish ninth in an elite field featuring nine NCAA regional participants from last spring.
Keur finished off a terrific weekend by playing more steady golf, recording 16 pars to go along with birdies at the par-5 second and par-4 sixth holes. He made just one bogey over his final 36 holes and three for the entire tournament at Spirit Hollow Golf Club.
Kansas ran away with the team championship on the strength of a 12-under par tally in Saturday's second round. The Jayhawks followed up with a five-under score on Sunday to best second-place Texas A&M by 13 strokes. San Jose State, at two-under par, was the only other team to finish in the red.
Chase Hanna of Kansas and Chandler Phillips of Texas A&M tied for the individual title with 10-under par three-round totals. Each fired five-under 67's on Sunday to pull away from Raymond Knoll (Iowa), Daniel Sutton (Kansas) and Keur.
CSU junior Art Griffin played his best round as a Buc to move ahead 20 spots and claim a tie for 18th place. Griffin notched six birdies in an 11-hole span en route to a four-under par 68. He rolled home three consecutive birdie putts at the par-four eighth and ninth holes, as well as the par-five tenth.
Austin James, who was tied for the lead through 17 holes on day one, tallied a six-over par 78 to finish +10 for the tournament. James had five birdies but quadruple and triple bogeys on the back nine proved costly. Jake Ezell finished at +14 overall following a final round 77.
The Bucs are back in competition next Monday, Oct. 10 at the Bayou City Classic in Houston, Texas. The 54-hole tournament will be comprised of 36 holes Monday and 18 on Tuesday.