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No. 14 Hampden-Sydney Golf Finishes Third At 2019 ODAC Championship In North Carolina

2019 ODAC
2019 ODAC

BROWNS SUMMIT, N.C. -- Hampden-Sydney College posted a final-round team score of 300 on Tuesday for a 54-hole score of 906 (306-300-300) to finish in third place among 12 teams at the 2019 Old Dominion Athletic Conference Men's Golf Championship at the Bryan Park Champions Course in Browns Summit, North Carolina.  Sophomore Allen Smith/Durham, N.C. led the Tigers with his three-day score of 79-74-71--224, earning a Top 10 finish at eighth individually among the 60 conference golfers at the par 72, 6,895-yard layout.

Smith's impressive one-under par 71 during the third round included three birdies and 13 pars.  He was followed by juniors Adam Hade/Richmond (77-74-76--227, t11th) and Bruce Shober/Appomattox (78-75-76--229, 15th), along with freshmen John Hatcher Ferguson/Rocky Mount (72-79-79--230, t16) and Hunter Martin/Gloucester (80-77-77--234, t25).  Hade had two birdies and 11 pars during the final round.  Shober had one birdie and 13 pars.  Ferguson had two birdies and 10 pars.  Martin had one birdie and 12 pars.

Smith finished second in par 3 scoring (2.92, -1), tied for sixth in par 4 scoring (4.20, +6), tied for eighth in birdies (8) and tied for 11th in pars (31).  Hade was third in pars (34), tied for seventh in par 5 scoring (4.75, -3), tied for 15th in par 4 scoring (4.33, +10), tied for 18th in birdies (6) and tied for 21st in par 3 scoring (3.33, +4).  Shober tied for fourth in pars (33) and tied for seventh in par 5 scoring (4.75, -3).  Ferguson tied for third in eagles (1), tied for fifth in par 3 scoring (3.08, +1), tied for eighth in birdies (8) and tied for 12th in par 4 scoring (4.27, +8).  Martin tied for 15th in par 4 scoring (4.33, +10).

H-SC finished the tournament tied for second in par 3 scoring (3.22, +13), while third in both par 4 scoring (4.31, +46) and par 5 scoring (5.08, +5).  The Tigers were second in pars (154), third in birdies (32) and tied for fifth in eagles (1). 

Nationally-ranked No. 10 Washington and Lee won the championship with its 870, followed by No. 6 Guilford (877), the No. 14 Tigers (906), Randolph-Macon (919) and Bridgewater (939) among the top five teams.  NCAA Division III's top-ranked James Mishoe of Guilford and fifth-ranked Brian Peccie of Washington and Lee tied at two-under par 214, with Mishoe taking individual medalist honors with a win in the playoff.

H-SC remains 14th in the latest Division III Bushnell Golfweek Coaches Poll and the Golfstat Division III Top 25, while also remaining sixth in the Southeast Region.  

The Tigers will now wait for the NCAA Selection Show on Monday, May 6, for a possible at-large invitation to the 2019 Division III Men's Golf Championships on May 14-17 at the Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Kentucky.