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Lukas Jonsson
Lukas Jonsson finished twelth on the individual leaderboard.
photo courtesy of Appalachian State Athletics

App State Men’s Golf Finish 12th at Sun Belt Championship

Lukas Jönsson led App State Men’s Golf in all three stroke play rounds and tied for 12th place at the Sun Belt Championship tournament held at Annandale Golf Club.

A fifth-year senior from Sweden, Jönsson made the turn Wednesday at 2 under through the first 45 holes and completed the 54-hole portion of the event with a 1-over total (71-72-74–217). As a team, the Mountaineers placed 12th with a 35-over total (297-299-303—899).

Ranked No. 26, Georgia Southern’s 3-under total led the four teams that advanced to the match play semifinals, with South Alabama (2 under), Troy (6 over) and Louisiana (6 over) also qualifying. South Alabama’s Hugo Thyr was the individual medalist at 8 under.

Jönsson was alone in seventh place halfway through his final nine Wednesday before he dropped a few spots due to consecutive bogeys.

Herman Huus ended his freshman season by tying for 37th at 9 over (74-75-76—225), and Addison Beam tied for 48th at 12 over (74-77-77—228) by playing his final nine at 1 under. Sverrir Haraldsson tied for 54th (78-75-76—229) after closing with a 2-under 34 on his final nine.

Colin Browning also participated in all three rounds, and Josh Buxbaum was in attendance as an alternate.

In round two, another solid round from Jönsson, who shot an even-par 72, left the senior in a tie for 10th place at 1 under going into the final round of stroke play.

Jonsson added four birdies Tuesday to follow a 1-under 71 in the opening round. He shot a 2-under 34 on his back nine (holes 1-9) and finished his round with a birdie on the par-4 ninth hole.

Huus and Haraldsson tied for second on the team with 75s in the second round, and Beam’s 77 contributed to a team score of 299 for the 12th-place Mountaineers. Browning shot an 82.

Huus’ steady round was hurt by a double bogey on the final hole, and Beam closed with a 1-under 35 on his final nine holes.

In the first round, App State had three golfers in the top 30 and was tied for ninth place, just six team shots out of fourth place, after a 9-over 297.

Jönsson led the way with a 1-under 71, while Beam and Huus both shot 74.

Jönsson recorded a pair of par-3 birdies and was tied for sixth place after one round. Beam was 1 over on each side, and Huus totaled three birdies in his round.

After birdieing his third hole, Haraldsson bounced back from posting a nine on the par-4 13th hole and a six on the par-4 14th hole to play his final 13 holes at even par in a 6-over 78 that counted toward the team total. Browning had two birdies in a round of 83.