The University of Akron men’s golf team shot a 3-under-par 285, the second-lowest round Tuesday, to win the Golfweek Program Challenge at the par-72 True Blue Golf Club in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
The Zips were 7 strokes off the lead entering Tuesday’s final round but rallied behind sophomore Carr Vernon’s career-low round of 4-under-par 68 to win the 27th tournament in program history and the first for third-year coach David Trainor.
The Zips were in second place entering Tuesday’s final round of the three-day event and didn’t waste any time catching first-place James Madison. The Zips took the lead by 2 strokes through 12 holes to defeat the Dukes.
Vernon finished in third place overall, and freshman B.J. Williams, playing in his first collegiate event, finished in second place with a 7-under-par 209. Senior Charlie Bull and freshman Zach Gollwitzer finished tied for 20th place and Louis Birchall finished in a tie for 36th place.
The Zips will travel to Monterey, Calif., on Sept. 23 to participate in the St. Mary’s Invitational.
• The University of Akron women’s golf team finished in eighth place at the Golfweek Program Challenge at the par-71 Caledonia Golf & Fish Club in Pawleys Island, S.C.
The Zips shot a final-round score of 20-over-par 304 to finish the event with a 54-hole score of 65-over-par 917.
Freshman Lina Bengtsson and senior Sara Chaves finished in a tie for 29th place to lead the Zips.
Alex Wiederholt and Mary Delich each had 12 kills and Ashley Holder had 43 assists to lead the University of Akron to a 3-0 win over Robert Morris on Tuesday in Moon Township, Pa. Jill Paluch had 14 digs and Callie Mack had 12 digs to lead the Zips (5-1) in the straight-set win.
— Beacon Journal staff report