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JONESBOROUGH, TN – UNCW combined for a low-round seven-under-par 281 to finish third overall and junior Payne McLeod posted his second straight top-5 finish on Sunday at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate at the Blackthorn Club.

The Seahawks (289-289-281=859) finished two strokes off the pace behind champion, 12th-ranked Missouri (285-286-286=857) and one off second-place and 31st ranked Tennessee (280-287-291=858).
‘We always talk about winning that final round and today we did,” said UNCW Head Coach Matt Clark. “It was fun to see all five guys in the mix and making big shots. It’s been a long 10 days, but to come away with second and third-place finishes against some of the best competition in this region is great for a school from the Colonial Athletic Association.”

The tournament field included five top-40 programs and eight players were ranked in the top 100.
McLeod (71-73-67=211), who tied for second earlier in the week at the Gridiron Classic in South Bend, Ind., aided the Seahawk surge in the final round, as UNCW moved from eighth to finish third. McLeod carded a career-low 67 in the third round and climbed 12 spots on the leaderboard.
“Payne was his usual consistent self, but today made a mature decision that allowed him to really take off and make a run.” McLeod settled for a par on the eighth hole and proceeded to four birdies on the remaining 10 holes.

Grant Milner 967-67-72=206) of Memphis earned medalist honors finishing 10-under-par for the tournament.
Senior Thomas Bass (71-72-72=215) tied for 11th after recording his second straight round of even-par golf on Sunday. Bass has now finished 11th or better in each of his last three tournaments.

Freshman Jens Geweke (72-73-71=216) finished off his best tournament outing of the fall with a one-under-par 71. All three of Geweke’s rounds counted for UNCW, which posted its lowest tournament stroke total (859) since the GolfWeek Program Challenge (843) to open the 2011-12 season.

UNCW Results: T4. Payne McLeod (71-73-67=211); T11. Thomas Bass (71-72-72=215); T15. Jens Geweke (72-73-71=216); T47. Stefan Brewer (75-76-71=222); T56. Ryan Nagy (78-71-75=224)

Team Standings: 1. Missouri (285-286-286=857); 2. Tennessee (280-287-291=858); 3. UNCW (289-289-281=859); 4. Memphis (280-291-289=860); 5. Virginia (284-286-291=861); T6. Wake Forest (285-290-287=862); Coastal Carolina (291-282-289=862); 8. Virginia Tech (289-283-297=869); 9. East Tennessee (288-297-287=872); 10. Penn State (294-296-289=879); 11. Army (289-300-292=881); 12. Furman (302-293-293=888); 13. Pepperdine (295-291-304=890)

Individual Standings: 1. Grant Milner, MEM (67-67-72=206); 2. Evan Beck, WFU (70-69-69=208); 3. Emilio Cuartero, MU (71-70-69=210); T4. Payne McLeod, UNCW (71-73-67=211); Rick Lamb, TENN (67-73-71=211); T6. Roberto Ballesteros, CCU (73-68-71=212); Mac McLaughlin, UVA (72-68-72=212); T8. Jace Long, MU (70-70-73=213); Grayson Murray*, WFU (70-72-71=213); Sebastian Soderberg, CCU (71-70-72=213)

ATLANTA, GA (CFCC women’s soccer release)- CFCC 3 Georgia Perimeter College 4. The Lady Sea Devils dropped their second game in as many days with a loss to #7 NJCAA GPC. Sea Devils opened the scoring in the 1st few minutes of the game with a goal by Jaime Berti. GPC scored a few minutes later to tie at 1. CFCC regained the lead with a goal by Amanda Fenton in the 20th minute. GPC equalized just before half. GPC scored 2 goals early in the 2nd half bringing score to 4-2. Lauren Smith scored in the 70th min, off an assist by Kelly Sigmon. Smith almost tied the game 5 minutes later narrowly missing. The Lady Sea Devils are 12-2-1, 9-1 in Region X, they take on USC Salkehatchie away, this Wednesday in Allendale, SC. Kick off is set for 2pm.


NEW YORK (AP) – Anibal Sanchez shut down a Yankees lineup minus injured Derek Jeter, and the Detroit Tigers capitalized on a missed call by an umpire to beat New York 3-0 Sunday for a 2-0 lead in the AL championship series.

Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda pitched perfect ball into the sixth inning. But the slumping New York hitters looked lost a day after their captain broke his ankle in the 12th inning of a 6-4 loss.

Making his second postseason start, Sanchez pitched three-hit ball deep into the game to make Tigers manager Jim Leyland’s handling of a bullpen without struggling closer Jose Valverde a lot easier.

The Tigers scored twice in the eighth after second base umpire Jeff Nelson missed a call at second base.

Game 3 in the best-of-seven series is Tuesday night in Detroit, with reigning AL MVP Justin Verlander starting for the Tigers.

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Carlos Beltran and David Freese each hit two-run homers and the St. Louis Cardinals held on to beat the San Francisco Giants 6-4 Sunday night in Game 1 of the NL championship series.

The wild-card Cardinals took an early 6-0 lead and made it stand up. Two days earlier, St. Louis overcame a 6-0 deficit to beat Washington in the deciding Game 5 of the division series.

After starter Lance Lynn struggled, the St. Louis bullpen delivered with 5 1-3 scoreless innings.

The Giants dropped to 0-3 at home so far during this postseason, outscored 20-6 at AT&T Park.

Game 2 in the best-of-seven series is Monday night. Chris Carpenter pitches for the Cardinals against Ryan Vogelsong.

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