EL DORADO, Arkansas (UNCWSports.com) – Senior Pat Cover and UNCW fended off several charges to capture their first tournament championship of the season as Cover earned his third career medalist at the Duck Commander Intercollegiate honor on Tuesday at the Mystic Creek Golf Club.
The Seahawks entered the round in third and rallied in the middle holes to surge past Louisiana Tech and Central Arkansas for the championship. La. Tech finished second, seven shots off the pace while UCA was third. Rounding out the top-five were UTSA and Arkansas State in fourth and fifth, respectively.
UNCW’s last team championship came in the 2016-17 season opener when it won the Tar Heel Intercollegiate (Oct. 6-7, 2016), in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Cover (70-74-78=222), who grabbed the tournament lead on the final hole of the first round, finished at six-over-par for the tournament and six-over on the round. He was even through the front nine, but went six-over on the back nine.
“It feels great to cap off the fall season with a team and individual win,” said Cover. “It was an extremely difficult test out there, so I was trying to stay patient and not get too far ahead of myself.”
Cover’s previous medalist honors include the Cape Fear National Intercollegiate (Mar. 13-14, 2016) and the Clemson Invitational (Apr. 7-9, 2017). With the win, Cover tied former Seahawk standout Derek Brown (2000-04), who captured three tournament titles during his career, for the program’s all-time lead.
Sophomore Reese McFarlane (80-73-76=229) returned to the top-10, finishing tied for ninth. It was his third career top-10 finish.
Also finishing in the top-20 was sophomore Blake McShea (77-80-73=230), who placed in a tied for 11th.
The Duck Commander Intercollegiate was the fall finale for the Seahawks, who finished in the top-three in four tournaments under the direction of interim head coach Daniel Bowden.
UNCW returns to action in February when they visit Hawaii for the John Burns Intercollegiate (Feb. 15-17).
UNCW LINEUP: 1. Pat Cover 70-74-78=222 (+6); T9. Reese McFarlane 80-73-76=229 (+13); t11. Blake McShea 77-80-73=230 (+14); T32. Thomas Eldridge 80-82-76=238 (+22); t46. Christofer Rahm 83-79-80=242 (+26)
TEAM STANDINGS: 1. UNCW 307-306-303=916 (+52); 2. Louisiana Tech 308-308-307=923 (+59); 3. Central Arkansas 309-304-313=926 (+62); 4. UTSA 310-305-315=930 (+65); 5. Arkansas State 303-311-316=930 (+66); 6. Eastern Kentucky 310-300-322=932 (+68); 7. Little Rock 312-302-319=933 (+69); 8. Western Kentucky 305-314-315=934 (+70); 9. ULM 302-309-326=937 (73); 10. Houston Baptist 317-313-315=945 (+81); 11. Stephen F Austin 319-306-323=948 (+84); 12. Southeastern Louisiana 316-324-322=962 (+98)
MEDALIST TOP-10: 1. Pat Cover, UNCW 70-74-78=222 (+6); 2. Lewis George, UCA 75-72-77=224 (+8); 3. Felix Palson, LAT 75-76-74=225 (+9); T4. Joris Eltin, USL 74-74-78=226 (+6); T4. Billy Tom Sargent, WKU 74-80-72=226 (+10); T4. Justin Warren, LR 80-70-76=226 (+10); T7. Zachary Campbell, HB 74-75-79=228 (+12); T7. Linus Lo, WKU 73-75-80=228 (+12); T9. Erik Lindwall, EKU 72-75-82=229 (+13); T9. Reese McFarlane, UNCW 80-73-76=229 (+13)