BLUFFTON, S.C. – Rutgers men’s golf placed fourth with a 902 (302-297-303) total at the Colleton River Collegiate, played Sunday and Monday on the Pete Dye Course at the Colleton River Plantation Club. The Scarlet Knights entered the final round in seventh place, improving three positions with their performance on Monday.
Junior Jacob Stockl (Clark, N.J.) paced RU, carding a 221 (73-74-74) to finish ninth in the 54-player field. He had 11 birdies and was plus three in par four scoring.
Sophomore Jonathan Chang (Valencia, Calif.) was also among the top 20 competitors, tied for 20th with a 225 (74-74-77). He was minus one in par five scoring and has nine birdies.
Freshman Michael Howe (Temecula, Calif.) and seniors Jonathan Renza (Cortland Manor, N.Y.) and Doug Walters (Blairstown, N.J.) comprised the rest of the team scorecard. Howe was 26th with a 226 (79-74-73), Renza tied for 30th with a 230 (76-75-79) and Walters was 48th with a 242 (83-80-79).
Winthrop, which was in second place after both the first and second rounds, captured the team title with an 874 (295-285-294), besting second place Kennesaw State (284-295-296=875) by a single stroke. Host Michigan State finished in the show position with an 876. Rutgers placed ahead of UConn (5th, 903), Seattle (6th, 904), Miami of Ohio (7th, 907), Oakland (8th, 919) and Detroit (9th, 926).
Michigan State’s Charlie Netzel and Winthrop’s Zach Seabolt tied for first overall with one-under par 215 efforts. Netzel was named the tournament medalist in a scorecard playoff.
Rutgers, under the leadership of head coach Rob Shutte, returns to the links March 15-16 at the Mission Inn Spring Spectacular in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.