Lakers finish third at Smokey Mtn. Intercollegiate
Sevierville, TN – Against a strong field of teams from the region, the Clayton State men's golf team opened its season with an impressive performance, finishing third in the Smokey Mountain Intercollegiate held at Sevierville Country Club in Tennessee.
After firing a 3-over par score of 291 on Monday, the Lakers followed that up with 9-over par 297 on Tuesday to finish among the top three teams in the field of 15. Belmont Abbey College won the tournament with a two-day total of 582 (290-292), followed by Peach Belt rival Columbus State in second, one stroke ahead of the Lakers with 587 (290-297) total.
Newcomer Alex Vetnar, a junior from Glendale, AZ, tied for third in the event to lead the Lakers. He finished with a 1-under par score of 143 (70-73) on the par-72, 6,994 yard course. Belmont Abbey's Adam Hedges took low medalist honors after rounds of 71 and 67 to finish 6-under par.
Sophomore Ryan Haskell, from Newport, Wales and Junior Fredrik Lindblom, from Varmdo, Sweden, both finished tied for 17th in the event. Haskell had rounds of 71 and 76, while Lindblom posted rounds of 72 and 75.
Sophomore Will Shenstone, of Calgary, Alberta, tied for 47th with scores of 81 and 73. Junior Clark Nelson, of Glasgow, Scotland, tied for 61st with rounds of 78 and 80 and senior Chris McManus, Bearsden Scotland, tied for 64th with rounds of 78 and 81 playing as an individual.
Behind, Clayton State Lenoir-Rhyne, Catawba and Newberry College tied for fourth place with a combined score of 595, seven shots behind the Lakers.
Clayton State will return to action on September 30th, competing in the AFLAC-Cougar Classic at the Columbus Country Club hosted by Columbus State University.