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CU places 3rd in MSC golf championships

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CU's Austin Garrett

BARDSTOWN, Ky. – Senior Austin Garrett fired a three-over par 75 in his final collegiate round and three players carded 78 in the final round of the Mid-South Conference Men’s Golf Championships Wednesday at Bardstown Country Club at Maywood.

Garrett and sophomore Ryan Botts both finished in the Top 10, with Botts tied for sixth and Garrett along in ninth, and freshman Zach Johnson was 14th.

Garrett got off to a rough start for the third straight day, carding a double bogey on the first hole and a bogey on the third but came back with a birdie on the par-5 sixth hole.

The Smithville native eagled the par-5 10th and had another birdie on the 15th before a disastrous triple bogey on the par-3 16th. He finished with two pars for his 75 and shot 224 for the tournament, eight strokes behind Lindsey Wilson’s Franck Medale and Michael Pospisil from the University of the Cumberlands, who both shot one-over par 217.

Botts was one of three players, along with Johnson and sophomore Peyton Broyles, to shoot six-over par 78 on the day. Botts also made double bogey on the first and bogey on the second and added another double bogey on the par-3 fifth hole before collecting a birdie on the par-5 sixth for the third straight day. The Lebanon High graduate collected 11 pars over the final 12 holes, with only a double bogey on the 16th.

Johnson’s first eight holes were a roller coaster with a double bogey to start on the second hole as well as three bogeys, two birdies and just one par. The Tampa, Fla., native birdied the 10th before stringing together seven pars over eight holes except for a double bogey on the par-4 17th.

Broyles tied for 21st with his second straight 78 and he, too, started his round with a double bogey on the first hole and a bogey on the third. The Gainesboro native birdied the sixth but recorded bogeys on Nos. 7 and 8 before making the turn. He birdied holes 12 and 15 on the back nine but made double bogey on the 16th and bogeys on 14 and 17 en route to his six-over par score.

Freshman Zach Kean carded a seven-over par 79, adding to the row of double bogeys on the players’ first holes, his on No. 3. The Cross Plains product registered 12 pars in his round, though, posting five bogeys along the way.

Cumberland finished third overall in the nine-team event, staying in the same place in the standings all three days. Lindsey Wilson won the event by 19 shots, the Blue Raiders first title since 2007.

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