HOUSTON -- The Winthrop men's golf team shot its best round on the final day of the Rice Intercollegiate, but the Eagles still slipped one spot in the standings as they finished 12th out of 15 schools.
Behind the strong play of freshman Kyle Bearden, who shot an even-par 72 on Tuesday at the 7,184-yard Westwood Country Club layout, the Eagles finished with a team score of 297 to go with their 302 and 305 rounds on Monday. Winthrop's 904 team total was one shot behind Houston Baptist and 16 shots ahead of 13th place Connecticut.
Pacific University captured the team championship as it finished at 874 after firing an even par final round of 288. Pacific finished four shots ahead of the host Rice Owls and eight ahead of third place Liberty University (882).
Bearden's final round helped him to finish in a tie for 25th place with teammate Brent Martin. Both players finished at 223, 13 shots behind tourney medalist Ji Hwan Park of San Francisco who finished at 6-under 210.
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Winthrop senior Trevor Muffley tied for 44th place at 228 (79-76-73). Sophomore Cipriano Ayala tied for 54th with a 230 (76-77-77) while senior Kelly Manders finished 72nd at 239 (81-79-79).
The Eagles will return to action March 8-10 at the Cleveland Palmetto Intercollegiate in Aiken.