WEST POINT, Miss. – Kennesaw State senior Christopher Guglielmo carded a final-round even-par 72 to finish at 7-under par 137 and tie for first place at the Old Waverly Collegiate that concluded Tuesday at the par 72, 7,088-yard Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point, Miss.
Guglielmo, who matched his career-best low-18 hole score with a 7-under par 65 on Monday, tied Lipscomb’s Dawson Armstrong after 36 holes before falling in a playoff. The Owls’ senior held a one-shot lead before a bogey on the par-4 16th hole dropped him into a tie Armstrong.
“Chris played another great tournament but, unfortunately, lost in a four-hole playoff,” head coach Bryant Odom said. “He keeps knocking on the door for a win, and this performance will help him down the road.”
Guglielmo’s play helped No. 41 Kennesaw State finish fourth in the 16-team field that included three teams ranked in Golfstat’s top 50. South Florida captured the team title with a 16-under par 560 total to finish six shots in front of No. 34 Lipscomb (566, -10). Twenty-fourth-ranked Ole Miss (568, -8) finished third, while KSU concluded the 36-hole event with a 5-under par total of 571.
“Today we came out a little flat and couldn’t capitalize on some easier holes. The weather and course conditions were ideal for low scores and the leaderboard reflected that,” Odom said. “It was a great experience getting into contention and something to build on as we move towards (ASUN) conference.”
Guglielmo was one of two Kennesaw State players to finish in the top 15 as senior Teremoana Beaucousin tied for 11th with a 3-under par total of 141. Beaucousin birdied the 15th and 16th holes to get his round back to even before posting pars on the final two holes and finish with a 72.
Sophomore Jake Fendt shot a 1-under par 71 to finish at 3-over par 145 and tie for 30th. Freshman Connor Coffee (148, +4) tied for 50th, while sophomore Pablo Rodriguez-Tabernero-Torres (149, +5) tied for 62nd.
Kennesaw State will have a short turnaround before opening play at the Irish Creek Intercollegiate that opens Saturday at The Club at Irish Creek in Kannapolis, N.C.