BRASELTON, Ga. – Kennesaw State went wire-to-wire in winning its first Atlantic Sun Championship. The Owls’ Jeff Karlsson fired a three-day total of 6-under, 207, to earn the individual title, while teammate Matthew Nagy’s 3-under, 210, tied for second place.
Kennesaw came into the final day of tournament play with a five-stroke lead and had no problem maintaining that cushion on the way to the win.
In a dominating performance, the Owls were the only team to post a 54-hole score of 7-under par (280-283-282/845) under par. The Owls easily distanced themselves from North Florida, who finished second (854, +2) by nine-strokes. Campbell finished a stroke behind North Florida to finish in third (855, +3). Kennesaw’s total score of 845 ties a conference scoring record. Central Florida and Jacksonville matched the total in 2004 and 2006, respectively.
“We knew what we had to do coming in to today’s round,” Owls’ head coach Jay Moseley said. “We played the same we have all year and all week and our best was unbeatable. Our goals were set high and its special to achieve them and I am proud to be taking the trophy home to Kennesaw.”
Beyond Karlsson, the individual race ended with a tight finish as a quartet of individuals tied for second including Nagy, Matt Moot of Campbell, Kevin Phelan of North Florida and Hans Reimers of Mercer. These five made up the All-Tournament team. Karlsson’s win gives the junior his third individual title of the season.
“We have been wanting this all year,” Karlsson said. “We played our best and no one could catch us. We have been through this before with our previous wins this year and we were well prepared.”
Mercer finished in fourth place (860, +8) just ahead of defending A-Sun Champions East Tennessee State (861, +9). Florida Gulf Coastal and South Carolina Upstate concluded in a tie for sixth with Jacksonville, Stetson and Lipscomb rounding out the field.
Kennesaw is the fourth school in as many years to win the conference championship. ETSU, Campbell and UNF have all claimed the title most recently.