– The Sun Conference held its Spring Major Golf Tournament at Sun ‘n Lake Golf Club with Johnson & Wales University coming in first place.
The 11-team, three-day tournament was hosted by Warner University and concluded on Tuesday with Johnson & Wales winning with a team score of 861 over the tough and demanding Deer Run Course.
St. Thomas University placed second with a four-person team score of 866, Southeastern University was third at 876, Savannah College of Art Design was fourth at 890 and Embry-Riddle University came in fifth with a score of 891.
Omar Teierra of St. Thomas University, Brandon Meltzer of Johnson & Wales and Jacques Ungerer of Northwood University each shot a 54-hole total of 213, with Teierra earning overall medalist honors.
Billy Nisbet of Savannah College of Art Design finished fourth overall with a score of 214, while Stefano Diaz of St. Thomas University was fifth at 215 and Brandon Salo of Johnson & Wales, Ryan Carter of St. Thomas and Jacob Fleck of Warner University came in at 216.
Northwood University was sixth in the team standings with a total of 893, Thomas University shot a 894, Warner University came in at 895, Webber International University shot an 898, and the Warriors were paced by sophomore Greg Gentry who finished at 221. Gentry graduated from Avon Park where he had an outstanding high school career.
South Carolina Beaufort finished 10th with a 901 and Ave Maria shot a total of 1,034.
Playing competitive courses like the Deer Run layout gives these college golfers a chance to fine-tune their games in preparation for their big tournaments to wrap up the spring season.
“We love having these players competing on our course,” said Sun ‘n Lake professional Andy Kesling. “The Deer Run Course is very challenging and with the wind blowing it was a very tough 18 holes of golf each day.
“We’ve been the home course for Warner University for a few years and we’re always glad to host these tournaments because these players are very talented and put up some really good scores.”
Kesling, who is also the Director of the Sertoma Junior Golf Tour, loves being involved with golfers of all ages.
“I love the game of golf and it’s great to get young people involved at an early age,” Kesling said. “The earlier you learn to play a sport the easier it is to play at a higher level.”