Will Zalatoris of Wake Forest leads the medalist race
(Wake Forest Athletics Photo)
MRYTLE BEACH, FL (March 12, 2017) -- Rain and sleet on Sunday resulted in the cancellation of the General Hackler Championship final round. As a result 36-hole leading Wake Forest took home a 10-stroke victory in the rain-shortened event at The Dunes Golf & Beach Club.
No. 15 Wake Forest was 15-under after play on Saturday as they picked up their second team title of the season. The Demon Deacons were led by junior Will Zalatoris who at 9-under medaled for the third time in his career.
“We knew going into yesterday’s first round that there was a possibility of a 36-hole event,” said head coach Jerry Haas. “The team came out ready to play. They had great preparation as many of them spent their spring break in Winston just practicing. This core group of juniors and sophomores have brought us close to 10 team and individual victories over the past two seasons. The quality of play, leadership and team unity are things I really cherish. I feel like if we had to have played today we still would have brought the title home.”
The top-five of the team standings was rounded out by No. 8 LSU (-3) in third, South Carolina (+8) is fourth and Virginia Tech (+10) is fifth.
-Wake Forest Athletics contributed to this story
DAY ONE RECAP
After the 36-hole first day of the General Hackler Championship No. 16 Wake Forest has opening up a 10 shot lead. With just one round remaining at The Dunes Golf & Beach Club the Demon Deacons are 15-under and well ahead of second place, No. 15 Kent State.
2016 Trans-Mississippi and Pacific Coast Amateur winner Will Zalatoris used rounds of 68-67 on Saturday to not only lead Wake Forest but also the rest of the field. Zalatoris, 9-under, and ahead by one shot, birdied 12 times and only bogeyed on three occasions during the first two rounds.
Teammate Paul McBride is in third place at 7-under while Kyle Sterbinsky and Lee Detmer are sharing 19th at 2-over.
Behind Zalatoris in the medalist race comes the 8-under Ian Holt of Kent State, McBride at 7-under is third, Virginia Tech's Mark Lawrence at 3-under is fourth while Keenan Huskey of South Carolina and Brandon Pierce of LSU share fifth at 2-under.
The top-five of the team standings is rounded out by No. 8 LSU (-3) in third, South Carolina (+8) is fourth and Virginia Tech (+10) is fifth.
ABOUT THE General Hackler Championship
54 hole men's college tournament hosted by
Coastal Carolina University. Team (best four scores
of five players each day) and individual
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