PAWLEY’S ISLAND, S.C. – Led by individual medalist Sean Dale, the No. 15-ranked North Florida golf team claimed another team title Monday after outlasting the 15-team field of the 2012 General Hackler Championship at the DeBordieu Club.
The Ospreys carded a final round 290 en route to finishing at 872 (+20), two shots ahead of runner-up East Carolina (874). The win was UNF’s third of the 2011-12 season and first of the spring and also gave the squad top three showings in seven of eight tournaments this year.
Dale, a junior from Jacksonville, earned his second individual title this season and third of his career after finishing with a one-under 212 including a final round 73. He was the lone player in red numbers for the event and edged a trio of players in second by three strokes. Dale distanced himself from the field by playing the par-5s in six-under-par over the 54-hole event.
“It was a great day overall for the team,” said UNF head coach Scott Schroeder. “We got off to a great start and then were able to hang on at the end. Beating six top 50 teams at this time of the year is a really good accomplishment for us. Despite not playing his best [Monday], Sean [Dale] was able to get the job done and earn another tournament victory. We definitely need to keep moving forward and build on this performance heading into the final month of the regular season.”
Joining Dale among the Top 20 individuals were senior teammate Kevin Aylwin tied for ninth (219) and junior Kevin Phelan tied for 16th (221). Aylwin’s even-par 71 was the team’s low round of the day while Phelan finished with a one-over 72.
Senior Joe Byun finished tied for 30th at 225 with junior Pete Kellerman tying for 35th at 226. Freshman Joey Petronio, who played as an individual, also tied for 30th (225) after firing a final-round career low of 69.
No. 9 Arkansas finished in third behind UNF and ECU at 878 followed by No. 19 New Mexico (879), No. 24 Virginia (886), No. 49 Augusta State (889), Coastal Carolina (899), ETSU (900), Lamar (905), Furman (906), Maryland (907), No. 40 Tennessee (924), Pepperdine (933), Navy (939) and Air Force (962).
Dale led wire-to-wire in the medalist play topping the runner-up trio of ECU’s Ryan Eibner, UVA’s Ben Kohles and Rhys Enoch from ETSU.