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Cooke Bogey-Free in Final Round at Furman

  • By Ashley Bailey
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  • March 26, 2017 04:51 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. Alan Cooke went bogey-free to tie the lowest round on record at West Virginia and lead the men’s golf team in the third and final round of the Furman Intercollegiate at Furman University Golf Club in Greenville, South Carolina, on Sunday.
 
Cooke made six birdies to post the lowest score of the day with a 66, tying Max Sear for the lowest round on record. Sear previously carded a 66 this fall at the VCU Janney Invitational. Cooke moved up 50 spots and into the top 25, taking 23rd place with a score of 74-75-66=215 for one under par.
 
The Mountaineers shot one under on the day, posting a team score of 287. WVU moved up three spots to take 14th with a three-round score of 297-295-287=879 for 15 over par. No. 17 Clemson took home the team title at 29 under par with a score of 835, while No. 18 USC Aiken was the runner-up at 15 under par with an 849.
 
“I’m very proud of the way Alan stayed in there and competed today,” coach Sean Covich said. “He didn’t have his best stuff early, but he made clutch par saves to keep his round going then caught fire on his last eight holes. His great round carried us today, but give credit to Chris (Williams), Max (Sear) and the others for closing out their round strong. It’s always nice to shoot under par as a team.”
 
Max Sear made five birdies to finish one over par on the day with a 73. He totaled 74-73-73=220 to end the tournament four over par and tied for 55th place. Chris Williams also finished one over in the third round, tallying scores of 76-73-73=222 for six over par. He tied for 66th place.
 
Tristan Nicholls used a pair of birdies in shooting two over par with a 75 in the final round. His scorecard showed 76-74-75=225 for nine over par, good for 83rd place.
 
Etienne Papineau rounded out the squad, shooting 73-80-75=228. He finished 12 over par and tied for 102nd place.
 
The Mountaineers travel to Greenville, North Carolina, on April 3-4 for the East Carolina Intercollegiate. 

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