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Addison Beam
Addison Beam is the fourth Mountaineer to be named to the Sun Belt All-Conference teams.
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Appalachian State Men’s Golf Compets at Irish Creek Collegiate

Led by a tie for fourth place from Addison Beam, whose 1-under total of 209 left him one shot out of a playoff, App State Men’s Golf tied for fifth place in a 15-team field Tuesday as the host of the Irish Creek Collegiate.

A strong final round score of 282 from the Mountaineers included a pair of 70s (from Beam and Sverrir Haraldsson), plus a pair of 71s (from Alex Martin and Colin Browning).

Played on a par-70 layout at The Club at Irish Creek, the event featured a format with four scores counting from six-man lineups instead of the traditional setup of five-man lineups.

At one point late in the final round, only a few weeks removed from his victory (in a playoff) at the Surf Club Invitational, Beam was one of six golfers tied for first place at 2 under. He had rounds of 71, 68 and 70 during the 54-hole tournament that began Monday with 36 holes.

Sitting at 1 under with two holes to play, Beam missed a birdie attempt by inches Tuesday on his 17th hole (No. 5) and settled for a par at the 322-yard sixth hole.

Eventual champion Fred Tindale of Cal Baptist, a member of the same foursome, hit his drive to the edge of the water-guarded green and followed a long, difficult chip with a birdie putt to get into a three-man playoff with Longwood’s Justin Larue and Radford’s Bryce Corbett.

Returning to the long, par-3 18th hole, all three golfers made pars on their first two overtime appearances at the hole. On the third playoff hole, Tindale slid in an 8-foot par putt before Corbett missed his par attempt and Larue tapped in a 2-footer for par.

After Larue converted a testy bogey putt on the fourth playoff hole, Tindale made his 6-foot attempt for par to win one of the two custom racing helmets that serve as trophies for an event held in the late Dale Earnhardt’s hometown. Jacksonville State won the team title at 3 under, edging Radford and WKU by one stroke apiece.

The fifth-place performance for App State in a deep field pleased head coach Alan Cress. In addition to his final-round 70, Haraldsson had an opening-round 69 en route to a tie for 27th place at 6 over. The Mountaineers fielded a pair of six-man teams, and Aidan Browning led the second group with a 7-over total of 217 (73-72-72).

The Mountaineers’ 2024 spring season is presented by Hound Ears Club. App State wraps up its regular season next week in West Virginia at the Mountaineer Invitational, and the Sun Belt Championship tournament in Mississippi is scheduled for the following week.

{Information provided by Appalachian State Athletics}