Maryville grabs crown in thriller
Third consecutive birdies on 18 pushes Scots to first title
CLARKESVILLE, Ga. -- Maryville coach Ron Waters directed the Scots to the Great South Athletic Conference title as they held off a strong LaGrange squad with three consecutive players recording a birdie on the 18th hole to preserve the school’s first golf crown.
MC’s Jeremy Cason, Trey Bridwell and J.T. Randolph recorded their consecutive birdies before retiring to the clubhouse to help Maryville finish with a 297-305 602 effort to hold on to a one stroke victory against the Panthers, who finished the two-day event with a score of 305-298 603.
Randolph finished the first round at The Orchard Golf & Country Club with an even par 72, earning a second place after 18 holes. Trey Bridwell, ranked as the No. 5 golfer in NCAA Division III, completed his first round with a 1-over par 73 for a third-place effort.
The GSAC Championship round saw Bridwell stroke a 1-under par 71 for a two-day total of 144 and a second-place finish. Randolph followed his strong first round effort with a 75.
Additional scorers who helped the Scots claim the inaugural championship were: Jeremy Cason (76-79-155), Eric Hall (76-84-160), and Joey Leegaard (80-80-160).
Bridwell and Randolph were recognized for their efforts by being named to the All-GSAC squad while Leegaard was named to the league’s all-academic team. Hall was selected to the GSAC All-Sportsmanship team. Waters, in his second season after starting a new NCAA program, was named Great South Coach of the Year.