Written by Brandon McGinnis
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 11:04
Freshman Caleb Keck earned his first medalist honors of his career, as he fired a final round score of 72 (E) on Tuesday to pace the field at the Coca-Cola
Wofford Invitational at Country Club of Spartanburg.
After setting a new career-low after the first round of play with a 5-under 67, Keck beat out Wofford’s Charles Moore by a shot in the final to claim Appalachian’s first medalist of the season. The freshman carded a 67-70-72=209 (-7) to close out the tournament.
Keck’s 209 was not enough for the Mountaineers to remain in the top-3 in the team standings, as they tied for fourth-place with Southern Conference rival, Elon, scoring a 287-281-294=862 (-2). ETSU, who began the day in second-place, came from behind to upend host, Wofford, with a final round 288. The Bucs totaled 853 for the tournament, two shots better than the Terriers.
Junior Casey Komline was the only other Mountaineer in the lineup to finish in the top-15, turning a final round 74 (+2) to go along with his 141 from the opening day to finish with a 215 (-1). Komline finished tied for 13th in the overall standings.
Freshman Lee Mitchell finished tied for 29th place with a matching 73s after each round, giving him a 219 (+3) for his best three-round score of his young career.
Rounding out the Appalachian lineup was senior Josh Nichols, who was a shot behind Mitchell and tied for 34th place and graduate student Daniel Walsh with a 74-72-76=222 (+6).
The Apps now shift their focus to the Southern Conference Championships, beginning on Sunday, April 21 at Ralston Creek in Charleston, S.C. The three-day event will feature all SoCon teams, as App State looks to improve on its sixth-place finish from a season ago.
Photo Courtesy: Chad Keck, ASU Athletics