SALISBURY, N.C. — The Lincoln Memorial University men’s golf team posted a final-round total of 304 to fall to 12th place in the 2013 Richard Rendleman Invitational, which was completed on Tuesday afternoon at the 6,665-yard, par-71 Country Club of Salisbury.
The Railsplitters were locked in a two-way tie for seventh at the end of round one, but added four strokes to their final-round total, finishing with outings of 300 and 304 to fall to 12th overall. Lincoln Memorial finished tied for second among all 17 teams in total eagles (2) while notching third among the entire field with 23 birdies to their credit. However, the ‘Splitters struggled to stay even by tallying 15th overall in total pars.
Senior Jamie Chapman spearheaded the Railsplitters’ efforts with rounds of 74 and 73 to notch a five-over par total of 147. Chapman (Sussex, England) grabbed a share of 12th place with four other golfers. Sophomore Rand Wasson (Norris, Tenn.) posted the next best showing for Lincoln Memorial by recording an opening round of 77 and a closing round of 74. With a nine-over par total, Wasson finished in a six-way tie for 35th despite leading the field with eight birdies in the 36-hole event.
Freshman Connor Froning was unable to build on his opening round score of 74, as he struggled with a seven-over par 78 in the finale. Froning grabbed a share of 41st place, while Braden Galyonused rounds of 77 and 79 to secure a spot in 60th. Freshman Garrett Metzwrapped up the tournament for the Railsplitters with rounds of 75 and 82 to fall into a seven-way tie for 64th.
Belmont Abbey raced away from the competition on the final day, posting a closing round 287 to roll to a seven-stroke victory in the event. South Carolina-Aiken nabbed runner-up honors with a team total of 590, while Lenoir-Rhyne (592), Catawba (595), North Greenville (595) and Carson-Newman (595) rounded out the top five.
Belmont Abbey’s Adam Hedges grabbed medalist honors with rounds of 74 and 67, finishing one stroke ahead of teammate John Frisby and Carson-Newman’s Gavin Hay.
The Railsplitters will be back in action on Saturday, as they kickoff play in the Tusculum Invitational, slated for 36 holes on Link Hills Country Club in Greeneville, Tenn.