SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Charleston Southern sophomore Elliot Gothe recorded a career-best sixth-place finish to pace the Bucs to a T-5th place showing Tuesday at the Wofford Invitational. CSU finished ahead of fellow Big South Conference programs Longwood and Presbyterian in its final tune-up for next week's league championship.
Gothe entered Tuesday's third round at -6 and in sole possession of second place. He closed with a two-over 74, putting together a mostly clean round that featured 14 pars. The Swede finished one shot out of fifth place and three back of a tie for third.
ETSU's Geuntae Kim carded a final round six-under 66 to earn medalist honors and pace the Buccaneers to the team title. Two of Kim's teammates also reached red numbers to help ETSU tally an impressive -12 final round. Kim, at -11, edged second-place Chase Korte of Austin Peay by two strokes. Host Wofford began third round play in front before finishing second. Austin Peay, Army and Appalachian State rounded out the top-five.
CSU, with a 54-hole total of +7 871, tied App State and was five behind Army. The Bucs played their best golf of the season in Monday's round two, compiling an eight-under 280.
Seniors Art Griffin (T-16th) and Jacques Wilson (T-22nd) paced coach Jason Payne's Bucs with one over final rounds. All five players in CSU's lineup were +1 or +2 but could not string together enough birdies to climb the leaderboard. Wilson and freshman Connor Moore both came in at -1 to highlight the Bucs' day.
CSU will now prepare for the Big South Conference Championship, slated for April 20-22 in Ninety Six, S.C. The Patriot at Grand Harbor will host the event, with the winner receiving an automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals.