Georgia Tech, Georgia State and Kennesaw State hosted college tournaments in October, with Kennesaw coming the closest to victory, placing second in the Pinetree Intercollegiate.
Georgia State finished fourth in the AutoTrader.com Classic at Berkeley Hills, with Georgia Tech taking fifth in the U.S. Collegiate Classic at Golf Club of Georgia, one of the country’s top events on the Fall calendar.
Auburn and Wake Forest shared the team title in the USCC at 9-under 855 with Clemson third at 859 and Florida State fourth at 860. Georgia Tech was fifth at 867, with a poor second round taking the Yellow Jackets out of contention.
Georgia Tech trailed by four shots after an opening round 286, but struggled to a 299 the second day to fall well back in the pack. The Jackets rallied with a 282 the final day led by sophomore Jacob Joiner of Leesburg, who closed with a 69.
Joiner was the top finisher for Tech, tying for 15th at 1-under 215. Vince Whaley shot a final round 71 and tied for 25th at 218, and sophomore Michael Pisciotta of Alpharetta was next at 219, with sophomore James Clark of Columbus shooting 71 in the first and third rounds.
Sharing medalist honors at 210 were Maverick McNealy of Stanford, Derek Bard of Virginia, Will Long of Auburn and Cameron Young of Wake Forest.
Lipscomb won the AutoTrader.com Classic by eight shots over South Florida with a 25-under 839 total. Troy was third at 864 and Georgia State fourth at 865. The Panthers’ best score was 4-under 284 in the second round.
Alex Herrmann led the Panthers with a tie for eighth at 214, followed junior Nathan Mallonee of Lexington at 216 that included a second round 70. Max Herrmann, Alex’s brother, also tied for 16th at 216. J.J. Grey led Georgia State with a 69 in the second round
Dawson Armstrong of Lipscomb, the 2015 Dogwood champion, was the tournament medalist by an 8-shot margin with scores of 65-67-68 for a 16-under 200 total.
Kennesaw State tried to rally from a poor opening round in the Pinetree Intercollegiate at Pinetree Country Club, finishing second at 4-under 860, four behind Memphis. The Owls opened with a 298, but moved back into contention with a 276 later that day, eight strokes better than the next best score in the tournament.
The Owls trailed by four heading to the final round, but could not make up any ground on Memphis, as both teams closed with scores of 286. Fredrik Nilehn placed second for Kennesaw at 212, one shot behind medalist Lars van Meijel of Memphis, who shot 65 in the second round.
Kennesaw’s Teremoana Beaucousin matched the 65 in the second round and tied for fifth at 216 after opening with a 79. Pablo Rodriguez tied for ninth for the Owls at 219. Freshman Jake Fendt of Cumming shot a second round 69 and tied for 11th at 220, with junior Chris Guglielmo, also of Cumming, contributing with scores of 74 and 73 the first two rounds.
Mercer was in the field for the tournaments hosted by Georgia State and Kennesaw, but finished well back in both.