KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – Charleston Southern senior Art Griffin fired a final round 67 on Tuesday to earn medalist honors at the East Bay Deli Classic, hosted by the Bucs at Turtle Point Golf Club. Griffin overcame a one-shot deficit entering the day and outdueled Tennessee's Rhys Nevin-Wharton on the back nine to claim his third collegiate win. Tennessee repeated as team champion, while CSU finished 15th.
The Volunteers recorded a final round effort of one-over par 289 to hold the lead and best second-place Jacksonville State by eight strokes. Chattanooga, College of Charleston and Rutgers rounded out the top five.
Griffin began the day one back of three players, but he and Nevin-Wharton quickly distanced themselves from the pack and then traded the lead on the final nine. They were tied heading to their respective final holes before Griffin birdied the par-five 13th, while Nevin-Wharton double bogeyed No. 18.
"It feels great," said Griffin, who won twice while at Lafayette before transferring to CSU last year. "I played well all week. Yesterday, I had a few hiccups coming in that dropped me out of the lead and today I started out with three birdies in my first four holes, which was huge. I had a good feeling all day and it feels really good to get the win."
Griffin matched the best round of the tournament by racking up six birdies and 11 pars. He bogeyed No. 11, his third to last hole, but bounced back with par and birdie to close strong. Griffin started red hot, birdieing the par-three 14th and the par-four 15th and 17th holes to surge from +2 to -1 overall in a span of four holes. He played a completely clean front side, rolling home birdies at No's 5 and 9 to highlight the stretch.
Dylan Patscot (T-33rd) recorded a one-under par 71 for the best round of his collegiate career, helping the cause for coach Jason Payne's Bucs. Patscot was two-over after five holes but proceeded to go three-under the rest of the way, with birdies at No's 5, 6, 10 and 13.