App State men’s golf placed third at the Intercollegiate at The Grove, a two-day, 36-hole event, Tuesday afternoon.
With today’s finish, the Black and Gold captured back-to-back, top-3 team finishes and their sixth top-3 team finish in the last two seasons. App State has now posted final team totals under par during both of its fall events thus far.
“I’m really proud of the guys,” coach Jason Allison said. “We showed a lot of grit. The course was playing long with a lot of wind and a strong field. We’re trending in the right direction.”
Only three shots separated the team podium finishers. Middle Tennessee, the event host, and ULM both won a share of the team title at 3-under-par. App State opened the invitational with an even team round of 288 and closed with a 287 to finish just two stokes shy of the share of the crown at 1-under. Despite coming up short, the Mountaineers bested Sun Belt foes Coastal Carolina and Troy.
Co-medalists Guillaume Fanonnel (ULM), Tyler Gray (Coastal Carolina) and Jonathan Parker (Mercer) won the individual crown in a three-way tie for first.
Timothius Tirto Tamardi led the way once again for App State with a career-best leaderboard finish by placing fourth at 3-under-par, just one stroke back of the three co-medalists. With rounds of 69 and 72, Tamardi has now carded under-par rounds in 11 of his last 14 rounds.
For his career, today marked Tamardi’s eighth top-10 finish as a collegiate golfer. Also, his two-day total of 141 tied the seventh-lowest 36-hole final in program history.
“Tirto was outstanding, and Jake and Sweppie (Sverrir) had really great bounce back rounds today,” Allison said. “I really like where we are as a team.”
Jake Lane’s second-round 68 after an opening round of 75 was good enough to crack the top 10 individually at 1-under for the event. The top-10 finish is Lane’s 13th top-10 effort of his collegiate career.
Dylan Lukes capped the invitational tied for 19th with a final event score of 146, 2-over-par. Lukas Jönsson concluded his outing with a two-day total of 149.
Sverrir Haraldsson cut off eight stokes this afternoon to earn himself a 152 final scorecard. Also improving during round two of play and making his second career start for the Mountaineers was Justin Morgan. Morgan posted a 158 final score to round out the App State team of six.
The Mountaineers will be back in action this upcoming Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 19-20, to close out the 2020 fall slate.