Myrtle Beach, S.C. – Paced by the second-place individual finish by freshman Taylor White, the USC Upstate men's golf team won the team championship at the Bash at the Beach Tournament Monday afternoon at the Surf Club.
With the win, Upstate now has three team championships this season, adding to the total after winning the Springhill Suites Intercollegiate and Rutgers Invitational to begin the fall portion of the season. It is the most tournaments won in a single season in program history.
Upstate entered the final round five strokes back of tournament leader Radford. But after posting a final round 282, the Spartans claimed the team championship by three strokes over the Highlanders. The Spartans finished the tournament with an 849 total. Radford was second at 852 and was followed in the Top 5 by James Madison (857), Campbell (858) and Gardner-Webb (858).
"I am so proud of the effort today," said Upstate head coach Todd Lawton. "It is so difficult to play from behind and to do it with so many great rounds says a lot."
Upstate got rounds of 69 from Ryan Cornfield, 70 from Adam Goins, 71 from White and 72 from Sebastian Lopez Bulla to shoot 282. Sean Hassell was solid as well, shooting a 78. White finished a career-best second with a 7-under-par 209 total.
"Taylor's effort throughout was phenomenal," said Lawton. "He is showing that even as a freshman, he can compete at the highest level. Ryan was right behind and his back-to-back 69's can't be overlooked. To get our third team championship this year against solid teams is outstanding."
Cornfield finished in a tie for third with a 6-under 210 total. Goins and Lopez Bulla each shot even-par 216 to finish tied for 20th, giving the Spartans four players in the Top 20. Hassell finished at 229.