The tournament was delayed more than two hours Sunday morning to allow the grounds crew to get the course in playable conditions following major rains overnight that continued during the day.
“Given the conditions today, I thought we played pretty well,” commented head coach Joe Inman. “I think we would have finished right where we would have liked if not for that nine-hole stretch on Friday. Hopefully we can use that as a learning tool and head to Mississippi in two weeks and get a great finish heading into the conference tournament.”
White’s final round included three birdies and three bogeys as he finished the 54-hole even at 2-over par. He finished in a tie for 18th place, his sixth top 25 finish in eight tournaments this year.
Gruca scored his third straight top 25 finish, also making three birdies on Sunday to finish tied for 21st at 3-over.
After struggling on Friday, freshman Jonathan Grey shot a final round 2-over 74 to finish at even par for the weekend and 8-over for the event. Grey, who had not finished worse than 19th all season, tied for 42nd place.
Junior Grant Cagle shot a final round 5-over 77 to finish at 11-over and tied for 58th.
Sophomore Damon Stephenson rounded out the Panthers line-up with a final round 80, finishing tied for 85th at 17-over.
Juniors Ross Mclister, Victor Lavin and Kevin Lee also made the trip competing as individuals, but were forced to withdraw for the final round due to the weather conditions. Following the multi-hour rain delay on Sunday morning, the tournament committee decided to play foursomes and eliminate all but the top three individuals competing, a group of 18 golfers.
Virginia Tech shot an impressive 11-under 277 on Sunday to earn a 19-stroke victory over No. 17 UNF. The Hokies finished the tournament at 21-under, followed by the Ospreys at 2-under. Troy finished third at 9-over, followed by Samford at 13-over. Iowa State rounded out the top five at 15-over.
Samford’s Drew Aimone and Iowa State’s Scott Fernandez were declared co-champions, each finishing at 7-under. Virginia Tech’s Mikey Moyers shot a final round 67 to finish third at 6-under. A trio of golfers finished tied for fourth at 3-under, including Virginia Tech’s Bryce Chalkley, UNF’s MJ Maguire and Western Carolina’s J.T. Poston.
Georgia State will return to the course for its final regular season event April 8-9 at the Old Waverly Championships hosted by Mississippi State in West Point, Miss.