HILTON HEAD, S.C. – Charleston Southern seniors Jacques Wilson and Art Griffin recorded top-25 finishes to lead the Bucs to an eighth-place showing Tuesday at the Wexford Intercollegiate. CSU and the rest of the field battled strong winds, with gusts of up to 30 miles per hour, throughout the final round at Wexford Plantation.
No. 38 TCU overtook Georgia to win the tournament with a 54-hole total of 11-under par 853. The Horned Frogs put together a final round -3 composite score to erase the one-stroke deficit they faced entering play. TCU's Stefano Mazzoli set the course record, firing a seven-under 65, en route to claiming medalist honors. Georgia's Davis Thompson finished second at -8. Only eight competitors in the 90-player field finished in red numbers.
Wilson (T-16th) and Griffin (T-25th) placed in the top third of the field to pace CSU. Griffin posted the Bucs' round of the day with a 73, enabling him to bump up 18 spots from his position following Monday's second round. Wilson was at +1 for the day and level par overall before bogeying four of his final five holes in difficult conditions.
Despite a tough third round, CSU head coach Jason Payne believes the Bucs have plenty to build on with another event on tap next week.
"It was very windy today and that really made it a test for everyone," Payne said. "It was good to see Art play more to his level today. Overall, I think we showed some signs of what we can be the rest of the way and I know the guys are looking forward to playing better in Myrtle Beach."
CSU heads to Myrtle Beach for the Battle at the Beach, hosted by Appalachian State, next Monday and Tuesday, March 5-6.