SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Senior Steven Fisk birdied in his final two holes, including a 45-footer on the 18th, to win the Fighting Irish Classic at Warren Golf Course Monday.
It was the third straight victory for Fisk and the sixth of his career. The Eagles (-34) posted 275 as a team to finish second behind 17th-ranked Illinois and three shots clear of North Carolina, which received votes in the latest poll.
Georgia Southern’s three-round total of 818 broke the school record of 822 they set last week at The Hummingbird Intercollegiate, and today’s round was the fourth time this season the Eagles have shot under 275. The Eagles’ team score in each of their last five rounds all rank in the top-15 in school history, including their school record of 266 in yesterday’s first round.
Avery Price followed up yesterday’s first round of 62 with a 69 today and tied for 10th, and Wilson Andress followed his second-round 67 with a 70 today and tied for 17th.
Fisk shot 4-under on the front and played his final six holes 3-under with consecutive birdies on 17 and 18. Price shot 2-under on the front and birdied three of his final four holes, including 18.
The Eagles ranked second on the par 5s and played them 22-under for the week. GS also played the par 4s 17-under, which ranked second, and posted 64 birdies, which ranked third.
Quotable from Coach Carter Collins
“I’m so proud of Steven and the team on what they accomplished this week. Thirty-four-under at this course against this tough field was a wonderful performance and one to remember in the record books.”
“Steven winning three tournaments in a row is incredible and to win this event in the dramatic way he did made his accomplishment even sweeter. He has been a great leader for us and continues to grow his legacy within our program.”
“Shooting 65-under in our last two team events has been remarkable, but we have more to go and can’t wait to get back started at our next event! Hail Southern!”
The Eagles finish off the fall by playing their fourth tournament in as many weeks. GS will travel to the AutoTrader Collegiate Classic, hosted by Georgia State at Berkeley Hills Country Club in Duluth, Oct. 15-16. The Eagles won the event last year, and Fisk shot a 19-under-par 197 to win medalist honors by 12 strokes. GS also won the team title in 2012, making the Eagles the only two-time winner of the tournament. This will be the Eagles’ sixth appearance in the eight-year history of the event.