NINETY SIX, S.C. - Charleston Southern finished up the 2019 Big South Men's Golf Championships with an eighth place finish as the Buccaneers wrapped up the season at The Patriot at Grand Harbor on Thursday evening.
The Buccaneers finished +53 for the 54-hole event that was condensed down into two days due to impending weather. CSU carded their best round of the weekend over the second round with a 298 (+10) and wrapped up the event with a 305 (+17) to finish ahead of Hampton and Presbyterian in the field.
No. 42 Campbell (-26) was the lone team to finish under par in the tournament, while USC Upstate (+6), Gardner-Webb (+9), and Winthrop (+23) will be joining the Camels in match play starting tomorrow.
Campbell's Jesper Svensson (-9) won the individual event following three sub-par rounds in the tournament. Teammates Pontus Nyholm (-7), Brett McLamb (-5), and Ray Kraivixien (-4) also finished among the top four, while Gardner-Webb's Steffen Smith (-2) rounds out the top five in the tournament.
Sophomore Connor Moore continually improved over his three rounds on the course to finish tied for 24th in the field at 12-over-par for the event. Moore wrapped up his final two rounds on the course with a 76 and a 72 to card a 228 overall over the three rounds. Moore posted four birdies over his final two rounds to sit tied with Brandon Smith as the team leader in the event.
Junior Brandon Smith carded the Bucs' lowest round of the tournament with a second-round 69 (-3) on his way to finish tied for 28th in the field at 12-over-par. Smith handed in seven birdies over the second round and added three more in the third to lead the Bucs in the category overall in the tournament.
Freshman Alan Smith finished one stroke back of Moore and Brandon Smith at +14 for the tournament. Smith put together a pair of birdies on the fifth and eighth holes for a 77 in the second round, before putting together a 79 over the final 18 holes.
Freshman Brandon McBride finished tied for 35th in the field at 17-over-par through the 54-hole event. McBride's final round 75 was his lowest of the week following a four-birdie round, including on holes 5, 6, 8, and 11.
Junior Elliot Gothe finished up the final two rounds of the tournament to pace the Bucs on the course. Gothe put together a 76 (+4) with birdies on the eighth and 18th holes in the second round and added a birdie on 10 on the third round on his way to finishing with a 79.