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Wake Forest clipped the home team by a single shot Sunday to win the Seminole Intercollegiate. Both teams made a charge up the leaderboard on the final day but Florida State had farther to go.
The Seminoles, who won this event last year, were coming off a win in Mobile, Ala. After opening with 3-over 291 at Golden Eagle Country Club in Tallahassee, Fla., the team score got progressively lower. A final-round 11-under 277 was the lowest round of any team all weekend. At 12 under total, however, Florida State was one behind Wake Forest.
For their part, the Demon Deacons started the day six shots off the pace, but climbed three spots up the leaderboard with a 7-under 281. Rounds of 68 and 69 from Kengo Aoshima and Parker Gillam, respectively, helped that effort. Wake Forest played the 18th hole in 3 under, which was crucial in holding off Florida State, who played that hole in 4 under.
The Seminole Intercollegiate title is Wake Forest’s second consecutive win this season.
"It was very close down the stretch but we played some great golf to finish," said head coach Jerry Haas. "We played the two par 5s, No. 15 and No. 18, very nicely and were 8 under as a team over the last four holes. The wind came up a little bit for the final groups and it was our day for the victory. I am so proud of these guys to win their second straight trophy. It was a great way to start the spring."
After a rough start in the final round, second-round leader Jacksonville righted the ship and put the finishing touches on a final-round 2-over 290 that left them tied for third with West Virginia. Both teams were 10 under.
Two players tied for the individual title, including Wake Forest’s Parker Gillam and Jacksonville’s Thomas Thurloway, who won the English Amateur over the summer.
Details from Wake Forest Athletics used in this report
ABOUT THE Seminole Intercollegiate
54 hole men's college tournament hosted by
Florida State University. Team (best four scores out
five players) and individual competitions.
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