From GSU Sports Information:
STATESBORO, Ga. – Somewhere in Scotland, a lovely lady named Angela Sharkey is smiling.
Her son, Thomas, was a Georgia Southern golfer, and as is the case with most Eagle golfers, he loved playing in the Schenkel Invitational, the Eagles’ home tournament for 35 years.
Georgia Southern seniors Hayden Anderson, Will Evans and Drew Guffey along with redshirt junior Matthew Mierzejewski knew her son Thomas and knew him very well. He was a teammate and a friend, and he passed away after a house fire in his Scotland home in 2011.
This year would have been Thomas’ senior year and last Schenkel Invitational, and prior to this weekend’s tournament, Evans said that it would be a tall task, but if they were to win the title, they would like to take the trophy to Angela in Scotland.
Scotland here we come.
The 2014 Eagles etched their name into the annals of Georgia Southern golf by winning the Schenkel Invitational team title at a rain-soaked Forest Heights Country Club Sunday. In a storied program that has made 20 NCAA Championship appearances, it the first time the Eagles have won their home tournament, one of the most prestigious in college golf, which featured four top-20 teams this year.
“I said it earlier this week that the emotions of winning this event would be indescribable, and that’s really true,” said Anderson. “I have no words for the performance of our team this week. It was every day, somebody different stepped up and made a difference. A lot of great players have come through this program and for an average guy like me to be on a team like this, it’s really special.”
Junior Scott Wolfes won the individual medalist honors after firing a 68 and finished the tournament 7-under par (71-70-68=209). He is just the third Eagle to take home the individual title, joining Jimmy Ellis in 1973 and Richie Bryant in 1989.
“It definitely felt like destiny, but you never want to think that because the game of golf will come up and bite you real quick,” said Wolfes. “I just tried to play the best I could and not to think about anything and not to look at the scoreboard. There are so many things bigger than golf, and I’m thankful for every day I get to play.”
Anderson and Evans provided the magic Saturday with each acing a par-3 hole to stake the Eagles to a four-shot lead after the second round. Wolfes and Charlie Martin, who shot a 72 today, helped increase the margin as Georgia Southern (-14) finished eight strokes ahead of UAB (-6). Central Florida (-2) was third.
Four Eagles finished in the top-6 of the individual standings and five were in the top-25. Evans posted a 73 today to finish 3-under for the tournament and tie for fourth, and Henry Mabbett, who played as an individual, shot 71 to tie for fourth. Martin tied for sixth, and Anderson tied for 22nd.
Martin Rohwer (-5) from UAB placed second, and Virginia’s Jimmy Stanger (-4) was third.
Mierzejewski shot a 75 today for the Eagles, and Kim Koivu, who played as an individual, posted a 74. Individuals Christian Humber and Guffey carded a 78, while Sam Towler posted a 79.
Wolfes made the turn at 1-under and birdied three out of the first four holes on the back. He bogeyed 17 and 18 but finished the round with a birdie on hole 1 to tie the lowest round of the day.
Rain began as teams were playing the last nine holes and pounded the course for the rest of the day.
“It was an emotional day yesterday with the two hole-in-ones, and we just wanted to come out today and finish it off,” said Mays. “Obviously, Thomas was there the whole time, and we had the perfect Scottish finish for the last nine holes.”
The Eagles are back in action March 28-30 at the FAU Slomin Center Invitational in at The Fountains in Lake Worth, Fla.