Men's Golf | 9/23/2018 4:08:00 PM
LORTON, Va. – The George Mason men's golf team claimed its first victory in nearly two seasons – and the Patriots never even teed off Sunday morning.
Tournament host Mason finished first at the Patriot Intercollegiate, which was shortened to two rounds at Laurel Hill Golf Club. Inclement weather and unplayable conditions cancelled the third round on Sunday.
The Patriots finished at 4-over 572 (286-286) to win the Patriot Intercollegiate for the first time since the tournament's inception in 2012. The victory was also their first team title since winning the Navy Invitational in April 2017. On Saturday, they finished four strokes ahead of runner-up Towson (8-over).
Freshman Sam Jung
finished second at 3-under 139 (69-70) and fellow freshman William Christian
tied for fifth at even par 142 (72-70).
"I'm really proud of this team and the way they have come together in such a short period of time," head coach Scott King
said. "Half of the team is new to the program but has adjusted to life and golf at Mason quickly. Sam and Will were very composed this weekend and, as freshmen, really set the tone for our win - and it always feels good to win. It takes more than two players to win a tournament as a team. Everyone contributed and put up the numbers we needed."
Jung, from nearby Centreville, finished just one stroke behind medalist Gerald Mackedon (-4) from St. John's. Jung opened the day with a 2-under 69, making three birdies and shooting par or better over his last 10 holes.
He then made four birdies, including his last two holes of the day, to jump into sole possession of second place. It marked his second straight tournament in the top 10, as he tied for 10th at The Invitational at The Ocean Course two weeks ago at Kiawah Island in South Carolina.
Christian, a native of Norwell, Mass., climbed up the leaderboard with four birdies in round two to shoot 1-under over his final 18 holes. He finished at even par 142 (72-70) to tie for fifth in his first collegiate tournament.
Graduate student Connor Messick
, from nearby Oak Hill, also cracked the top 20 with a 3-over 145 (70-75) to tie for 17th place. The graduate transfer from the University of Virginia made three birdies on the back nine during round one as he shot 1-under over and shot up to as high as fourth.
Junior Jeff Wilson
tied for 27th. The Austin, Texas, native, shot even par during his second round to finish 4-over 146 (75-71). Junior Takahiro Nojima
rounded out the team's top five in a tie for 61st at 12-over 154 (75-79).
The Patriots also had two golfers compete as individuals – freshman JP Miller
(75-74) and sophomore Florian Blatti
(76-73). Both golfers tied for 39th after shooting 7-over 149.