AIKEN, S.C. – Jacques Wilson finished in the top half of the field and Austin James recorded Charleston Southern's best round of the day in Tuesday's final round play at The Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate. CSU finished 16th as a team in the event, hosted by USC Aiken at Palmetto Golf Club.
The Bucs moved up a spot in the field with a composite score of 20-over 300 on their final 18. Clemson rallied past ACC rival Virginia to take the team title with a three-round tally of five-under par 835. UVA was a shot back at 836, while South Carolina, Augusta and East Carolina rounded out the top-five. The Cavaliers also had the top two players in the 90-player field in Derek Bard (69-65-70-204 (-6)) and Danny Walker (67-69-71 (-3)).
Wilson struggled for much of the day but finished the tournament on a high note to pace Director of Golf Todd Selders' squad. The junior has six bogeys and no birdies through 14 holes before rallying to post back-to-back birdies at the par-five 14th and par-four 15th. He finished the day with a par 3 at number 16 to notch a 74 en route to a final score of 10-over 220 and a tie for 36th place.
James turned his round around, meanwhile, with an eagle three at the par-five tenth hole. He added birdies at numbers 14 and 15 before parring 16 and bogeying his closing hole. James was +16 for the tournament, good for a tie for 61st.
Jake Ezell recorded a final round 76 but was still CSU's top finisher behind Wilson at 13-over 223 for the 54 holes. Derrick Villarreall highlighted his final round 79 with a pair of birdies, while senior David Eller had two birdies of his own on the back nine.
CSU continues a busy week this Saturday and Sunday at the General Hackler Championship in Myrtle Beach.