PAWLEY’S ISLAND, S.C. – Senior Tomasz Anderson used a record-breaking final round on Tuesday to cap a record-breaking win at the Golfweek Program Challenge.
The Hertfordshire, England native fired a 12-under 60 on the 6,926-yard True Blue Golf Course to cap a 19-under 197 that won medalist honors in the 60-player field. It was his fifth career win, the most by any player in school history, and his second at the Golfweek Program Challenge, which he won in his first event as a Gamecock freshman in 2011. It was good enough to propel JSU into a third-place finish in the 12-team event.
Anderson’s 60 broke JSU records for low round and low round vs. par, two shots better than a 62 by Matthew Wallace in 2010. It shattered It is a new True Blue course record from any tee and shattered the previous record from the black tees of 63. His 197 total makes him the first Gamecock to break 200 in a 54-hole event, breaking his school record of 201 set in his 2011 win in the same event.
After starting the day tied for fifth on the individual leaderboard, Anderson got his final round going with consecutive pars before the birdies started piling up. He birdied four-straight holes to start a run of nine birdies over his next 10 holes, a run that helped him take the lead in the event. After back-to-back pars on 13 and 14, he recorded birdie on three of his final four holes, including 17 and 18, to run away with medalist honors.
He won the event by five shots over Jacksonville’s Colin Monagle, who started the day ahead of Anderson and shot a 66, only to have to settle for runner-up honors. The win is the fifth in his JSU career, passing Nick Mackay for first on that list.
Anderson wasn’t the only Gamecock putting up red numbers on a day that saw his team shoot a 271, the lowest round of any team in the field during the three-day tournament. It was the second-lowest 18-hole score by a Gamecock team in school history and helped JSU leap into third in the tournament.
Sophomore Pablo Torres made a big move up the leaderboard with his final-round 66. His best round as a Gamecock and one that tied for the 12th-best in school history helped the Bogota, Columbia, native jump 16 spots on the final day to finish in a tie for 12th.
Torres was 1-under on the front nine before starting the back side with four-straight birdies. A birdie on the par-3, 205-yard 16th hole was his final one of the day and gave him a 54-hole score of 210.
Sophomore Jamie Mist turned in a final-round 71 to finish a three-day score of 212 and tie for 20th. Sophomore Thomas Lawton’s 74 finished him in a tie for 40th, while junior David Weeks tied for 51st after a final-round 75 on Tuesday.
Anderson, led the field in par-4 scoring by shooting 9-under over the three-day event and was third in the field by playing True Blue’s par 5’s at eight under par. Old Dominion won the team event with a 31-under 833, three shots ahead os Jacksonville and four better than JSU.
The JSU women, who were playing simultaneously on the Caledonia Golf and Fish Club, shot their best round of the week to climb one spot and finish tied for ninth in the Golfweek Program Challenge.
A final-round 299 was keyed by senior Maya Parsons’ 5-under 67, tying her career low and the second lowest round in JSU women’s history. The Whitby, Ontario, native started the daa with three birdies on he first four holes and used an eagle on the par-5 15th to cap a 223 that saw her climb 20 spots into a tie for 18th.
Junior Erin Gunnels turned in a 74 in Tuesday’s final round to finish tied for 36th, two shots behind junior Melania Bajo Geijo in a tie for 31st. Freshman Natalia Azcue finished tied for 51st, while sophomore Angie Varona tied for 54th.
Furman won the women’s event, while Old Dominion’s Rachel Walker claimed medalist honors.
~ JSU Sportswire