Junior Zach Munroe finished 6-under par to tie for third at the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate on Monday afternoon, propelling the College of Charleston to a third-place team finish in a highly touted field at the par-72, 7,280-yard Bulls Bay Golf Club.
Charleston fired a 10-under-par 278 on Tuesday, bringing its three-day total to 857 (-7), and positioning the Cougars in the middle of five programs ranked in the top 40 in the nation. The third-place finish is the program’s best in the tournament’s 10-year history.
“This was a fantastic week for our program,” said head coach Mark McEntire. “I am so proud of the way that we played in the final round today. For Josh Lorenzetti to come back and shoot 66 after his finish yesterday just showed what a champion he is. Zach Munroe had a chance on the last hole to win the tournament and just missed to finish tied for third. This was his best tournament of the spring! John Jonas had another solid week and just finished out of the top 10 shooting 69 in the final round! Alex Ellis and Ryan Carpenter picked each other up and it was a tremendous team effort.
“It was great to have a chance to win a tournament with this caliber field for the second week in a row! The team is continuing to believe in themselves. This was just more validation that they can play and belong with the best teams in the country.”
The Cougars entered the final day in a three-way tie for second with No. 30 Auburn and No. 24 South Carolina, and led the tournament for a significant stretch midway through Tuesday’s action. Auburn seized the lead and registered a 15-under 273 to abscond with the tournament championship, outlasting South Carolina and CofC down the stretch to finish three strokes ahead of the runner-up Gamecocks.
One stroke separated the Cougars from No. 10 University of Virginia (858/-6), followed by No. 39 Wake Forest (865/+1) and No. 36 Kentucky (866/+2).
Munroe turned in a 3-under 69 in his final round and was in contention throughout the day, but his birdie try at the par-4 18th lipped out, excluding him from what would have been a three-man playoff for the individual medal.
Ben Stow of Kentucky won the individual championship with a 7-under 209, but not before draining a 30-footer from the fringe for birdie in a one-hole playoff with Auburn’s Niclas Carlsson.
Joining Munroe in the 60s on the final day were John Jonas, who also turned in a 69 in the final round, and Josh Lorenzetti who recorded a 6-under 66, tying for the lowest round of the tournament.
Both Munroe and Jonas picked up five birdies to offset two bogeys in their final rounds, with Jonas registering four birdies on the way out and Munroe picking up two on the front and three on the back.
Jonas finished the tournament tied for 11th with a 2-under 214, with Lorenzetti one stroke behind him in a tie for 15th.
Lorenzetti caught fire and birdied holes 4-7, but bogeyed the 8th and pared the 9th to get out in 34. He started the back side with a birdie on 10, but then suffered a bogey set back on 11. He bounced back with another birdie on the par-3 12th, and also fired off birdies on 15 and 16 for a 32 on the back and 66 total.