No. 11 Auburn captures the Inverness Intercollegiate, Michigan's Nick Carlson medals
(Michigan Athletics Photo)
TOLEDO, OH (September 20, 2016) -- Auburn has
captured the Inverness Intercollegiate at Inverness
Club thanks to a 54-hole 9-under tally. The No. 11
Tigers finished three-strokes in front of second place,
No. 23 Duke.
Auburn was paced by three players in the top-four.
The leading Tiger was Will Long. The senior posted
rounds of 73-68-69 to finish 3-under and in third.
Long stormed to the finish on Tuesday with four
birdies in his last six holes.
Behind Long at 2-under and tied for fourth was
redshirt senior Ryan Benton. The 2015 USA
Individual tournament champion carded scores of
69-72-70. Benton finished his event in style with a
final hole birdie.
Senior Matt Gilchrest also finished tied for fourth at
2-under after beginning the day leading the
individual standings. However, a final round 4-over
75 did Gilchrest in. A 2015 All-SEC first teamer,
Gilchrest, was still in the mix for medalist honors
until he double-bogeyed the 17th.
During the first two rounds Gilchrest posted scores of
64-72. His first round 7-under 64 included five
birdies, two eagles and two bogeys.
In a playoff it was Michigan's Nick Carlson claiming
medalist honors and the first collegiate title of his
career. Carlson, who made a surprise run to the U.S.
Amateur semifinals, started the day tied for 14th but
shot up the leaderboard with a closing 4-under 67.
Starting his day on the 10th hole, the sophomore
bogeyed his opening hole before rebounding with
birdies on the next two to reach 1-under. Two more
birdies and a bogey followed as Carlson turned for
the final nine 2-under-par.
He quickly reached 3-under with a birdie on No. 1
and then moved to 5-under with an eagle on the
par-5 8th. He had a chance to win in regulation but a
bogey on the 9th dropped him back to 4-under.
Carlson was met in the playoff by Duke junior Jake
Shuman. Coming off a tie for second at the ACC
Championship last year, Shuman posted a final day
3-under 68 to reach 4-under. Shuman provided
some heroics on Tuesday with a hole-in-one on the
12th and then an eagle on the closing hole to tie for
Overall it was a four bogey, one hole-in-one, three
bogey day for Shuman.
Top Five Team Standings
1. No. 11 Auburn (-9)
2. Duke (-6)
3. Michigan (+10)
4. Michigan State (+13)
5. Penn State (+14)
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