Chico State wins second Coyote Classic title in past three years
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. -- Individual medalist Lee Gearhart shot 3-under in his final nine holes for a 68 while Alistair Docherty, Chris Doyle and Justin Wiles piled up pars around intermittent "good bogeys" to lead the Wildcats to the Coyote Classic Crown Tuesday at Arrowhead Country Club in San Bernardino.
The win was the seventh-ranked Wildcats' second in their past three tournaments and their second Coyote Classic title in three years.
Gearhart's win was his first in 16 career starts. He started the day tied for seventh place and trailed Cal State Stanislaus' Trevor Clayton by nine strokes. Gearhart's 68 was the day's best round by two shots though, as difficult hole locations led to much higher scores.
Chico State's team total of 292 Tuesday was four strokes clear of second-best Cal State Monterey Bay. They started the day with a three-shot lead after carding rounds of 282 and 281 Monday.
The Otters, ranked No. 4 in the nation entering the tournament, finished seven shots behind Chico State in second place. Dixie State finished third 21 shots back, while 17th-ranked Cal State Stanislaus finished in fourth 24 strokes behind the Wildcats.
Gearhart is the third Chico State individual to win the Coyote Classic in four years, joining All-American Eric Frazzetta (the 2011 medalist) and NCAA Champion Kyle Souza (2012). Gearhart's now amassed six top-10 finishes and 10 top-20s in his 16 starts.
Doyle shot a final-round 74 while Docherty and Wiles each carded 75s. Docherty finished tied for fourth at 4-over par, five shots behind Gearhart. Doyle tied for sixth at 5-over, and Wiles tied for 14th at 7-over. Ricky Owaki shot an 81 Tuesday and finished the tournament tied for 54th at 20 over par.
The top-10 finish was Docherty's third in five events this season and his sixth in 16 career starts. He's finished among the top 20 nine times.
Doyle delivered his best finish since coming in fourth at the Coyote Classic two seasons ago. It was the second top-10 and ninth top-20 finish of his career.
Wiles, a sophomore in his first season in the program, now boasts three top-20 finishes in three career starts.
No. T8 Nova Southeastern wins Armstrong Pirate Invitational
POOLER, Ga. -- Nova Southeastern took home the Armstrong Pirate Invitational championship, topping the host school by one stroke, as their five golfers finished within five shots of one another during Tuesday's final round at the Savannah Quarters Country Club.
Leading by two strokes heading into the third round, the Sharks finished up with a 290 for a total of 857, with Armstrong Atlantic State coming in at 289 Tuesday and 858 overall. Lynn, at 863, was third, with Florida Southern (882) and Saint Leo (886) finishing out the top five.
NSU's two lowest scorers finished in a tie for third: Mitch Farrer and Hunter O'Mahony at 211. Farrer shot a final-round even-par 71, following rounds of 72 and 68. O'Mahony followed his 72 and 66 with a 2-over-par 73 on Tuesday.
Santiago Gomez was just a stroke away from his second straight top 10 finish, placing in a tie for 12th with a 4-over-par 217 (72-73-72). Ricardo Celia was a stroke behind him at 218 (74-70-74), tying for 15th, while Oscar Lengdèn had his best round on Tuesday, finishing up with a 76 for a 238 total.
"It feels great to get our first tournament win of the year," head coach Ryan Jamison said. "It was a great experience to play the same course as our regional stie and have success. We are looking forward to next week and another opportunity to keep getting better."
Farrer and O'Mahony were two strokes behind the tournament medalist, Fredrik Lindblom of Clayton State (4-under-par 209). Armstrong's Travis Williamson was second at 210, and the Shark duo tied with Elliott Whitley of Lynn at 211 in third.