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No. 12 Hampden-Sydney Golf Ties For Seventh At NCAA Division III Fall Preview

Bruce Shober
Bruce Shober

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- No. 12 Hampden-Sydney College posted a final round score of 297 on Sunday for a 54-hole total of 910 (310-303-297) to finish in a tie for seventh among 18 teams at the 2019 NCAA Division III Men's Golf Fall Preview on The Champion course at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.  Sophomore John Hatcher Ferguson/Rocky Mount led the Tigers with his two-day score of 72-77-71--220, finishing 11th individually among the 90 golfers.

Playing at the prestigious Champion's course, a par 72, 6,902-yard layout and host to the PGA Tour's Honda Classic each spring, Ferguson posted three birdies toward his final round of one-under par 71, giving him 12 birdies over the three rounds to tie for third among the tournament field.  He was followed by classmate Hunter Martin/Gloucester (74-76-75--225, T-17th), seniors Bruce Shober/Appomattox (81-76-73--230, T-38th) and Adam Hade/Richmond (83-74-79--236, T-56th), along with sophomore Allen Smith/Durham, N.C. (88-wd-78), who played 36 holes after withdrawing from the middle round.  Martin totaled nine birdies during the event for the Tigers, tying for 20th overall, and Shober (six total) added four birdies in round three while posting his one-over par 73.

H-SC finished fifth in par 3 scoring (3.14), tied for sixth in par 4 scoring (4.36) and tied for 13th in par 5 scoring (5.18).  The Tigers tied for 11th in birdies (32) and were 12th in pars (142).

Ferguson tied for fifth in par 4 scoring (4.07), while Martin tied for 12th in par 5 scoring (4.83).  Martin and Shober each tied for 10th in par 3 scoring (3.00), while Ferguson and Hade each tied for 21st in par 3 scoring (3.17).  Shober tied for 23rd in pars (32).

Nationally-ranked No. 2 Emory University won the event with its 874, while Drew Mathers of Huntingdon College took individual medalist honors at six-under par 210 through 54 holes.  The high-profile event featured 14 of the Top 25 teams in the country, including No. 9 Washington and Lee University (907, fifth) and No. 4 Guilford College (920, 11th) from the ODAC.

H-SC will compete again at the nationally-prominent 54-hole Gordin Collegiate Classic on September 30-October 1 at the Columbus Country Club in Columbus, Ohio.