Men’s Golf Captures Sea Palms Title with Record-Breaking Performance
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Davidson’s entire starting lineup finished inside the Top-15 individually as the Wildcats set a new school and tournament record, firing 43-under par over three rounds to capture the 2023 Sea Palms Invitational team title by 13 strokes.
The 20-team event was played on the Par 71, 6,664-yard Sea Palms Resort layout.
“This is a great team victory,” commented head coach Tim Straub. “I’m so proud of the entire team, as they put together an amazing tournament. Shooting 43-under is hard to beat!”
Davidson, which set a new tournament-low each day, concluded with a 54-hole total of 809 (271-270-268), pulling away from runner-up Wright State (-30). The Wildcats and Raiders shared the lead after day one before the ‘Cats took a seven-shot advantage into the final round.
In all, Davidson’s starters combined for 75 birdies and four eagles.
For the Wildcats, it’s their second team title of the 2022-23 campaign and fifth Top-5 showing in seven outings.
Joshua Stewart (202 | -11), who joined the Davidson program in the fall after transferring from Florida State, signed for a tournament-record and career-best 63 this afternoon, to climb into a tie for third with teammate Will Davis (202 | -11).
In addition to sharing the overnight lead, Davis held the previous event-low for less than 24 hours with a 7-under 64 Friday.
Both Brian Garrett (67-69-71 = 207 | -6) and Alex Heffner (67-74-66 = 207 | -6) came home tied for 11th, while Ethan Hall (72-67-69 = 208 | -5) finished one back alone in 15th out of the 120 competitors.
Jackson Bode (69-75-75) led Davidson’s individual competitors with a 219 (+6). Price Miller (69-72-80 = 221) and Adam Lauer (75-77-73 = 225) ended up tied for 66th and 88th, respectively.
Mikkel Mathiesen (Wright State) and Erik Jansson (Jacksonville State) shared individual medalist at 13-under par.
Davidson will enjoy a two-week break from tournament play before returning to action March 26-27 at the Seahawk Intercollegiate hosted by UNCW.