ORLANDO, Fla. (November 1, 2016) – Ninth-ranked Rollins entered the final round with a nine-stroke lead and, after having it shrink to one, finished where they started, winning the McDonough Cup at Rio Pinar Country Club.
The victory was a first for the Tars in the five-year history of their home event. Previously the long-running Rollins Invitational, the tournament was transformed into the McDonough Cup in 2012 to honor the memory of former Tar James McDonough, who passed away in 2011.
Rollins held off furious charges by both Flagler and Georgia College as the teams were all within a stroke of each other atop the leaderboard at the turn. The Tars then combined for 13 birdies to just three bogeys on the back to run away with the win.
The Tars posted a winning three-under score of 861 with rounds of 290-286-285. Flagler finished runner up with 870 strokes while Georgia College and Lander tied for third with 875 shots.
Jakob Van de Flierdt scored his first collegiate victory with a six-under 210 at the event. After opening with scores of 68-71, he shot a 71 Tuesday, including going three-under on the back-nine, to stay atop the leaderboard.
Collins Engelhardt tied for sixth with a one-under 215. Winner of the Le Moyne Invitational the last time out, he was just a shot back heading into the final round and shot a 75 Tuesday after twin two-under 70s on Monday.
Barry Babbitt jumped five spot on the leader board into a tie for 16th after a final round 71 on Tuesday. He finished the McDonough Cup with a three-over 219 including rounds of 76-72 on Monday.
Sam Grindle also made a five-spot climb after a one-under 71 Tuesday and tied for 23rd place. The sophomore turned in rounds of 76-74-71 at the event for a five-over 221. Will Hall was two shots back in a tie for 27th with scores of 78-73-72 (223).
Martin Sandberg played as an individual and tied for 74th place with 235 shots, carding rounds of 76-79-80.
The McDonough Cup concludes the Tars fall season; they will resume for the championship season in February.