ROCKY FACE, GA – Junior Pablo Rodriguez-Tabernero Torres carded a 5-under par 67 to lead the Kennesaw State men’s golf team during Sunday’s final round of the season-opening Carpet Capital Collegiate at The Farm Golf Club in Rocky Face, Ga.
Torres’ play helped the Owls to their best round of the tournament as they turned in a 5-under par 283 to finish the 54-hole event at 10-over par 874 and place 11th in the 15-team field. Georgia Tech and Alabama tied for first with a 14-under par total of 850, four shots ahead of third-place Auburn (854, -10).
Georgia Tech went on to defeat Alabama in a playoff.
“Today we showed our true potential and put together a nice team round and finished on a high note,” head coach Bryant Odom said. “Pablo shot one of the low rounds of the tournament and we counted three under-par rounds for the day. I believe this is a more accurate indicator of the talent this team has and what is in store for the season.”
Junior Jake Fendt shot a third-round 1-under par 71 to conclude play at 1-under par 215 and tie for 15th. Sophomore Connor Coffee closed with a 2-over par 74 to post a 3-over par 219 and tie for 31st, while Torres (220, +4) tied for 34th.
Redshirt junior Wyatt Larkin, who was competing in a college tournament for the first time in nearly a year, recorded his best round of the tournament, posting a 1-under par 71 and tied for 41st with a 5-over par 221. Making his collegiate debut, Brady Keran registered a 2-over par 74 and tied for 64th at 12-over par 228.
“I am very proud of how everyone stepped up and improved each day,” Odom said. “The Carpet Capital Collegiate has a very strong field and The Farm Golf Club is a difficult place to begin the year, but when we play like we did today, we fit right in with the top programs in the country.”
Kennesaw State will have two weeks off before returning to action at the Graeme McDowell Shoal Creek Invitational that opens Sept. 25 at Shoal Creek Golf Club in Shoal Creek, Ala.