Winthrop closed out a one-stroke win Monday in the Colleton River Collegiate golf tournament in Bluffton, thanks in part to sophomore Nick Eberhardt’s hole-in-one.
Kevin Pendley’s Eagles edged Kennesaw State with a 6-over 294 in the final round to pull out the win. Kennesaw led the event the first two rounds. Eagle freshman Zach Seabolt finished tied for first place individually with Michigan State’s Charlie Netzel; both shot 1-under, but Netzel was given the win based on a scorecard playoff.
One of the highlights of the weekend came from Winthrop’s Eberhardt, a sophomore from Fort Mill. In Sunday’s second round, he aced the 135-yard 13th hole with the help of a pitching wedge. Eberhardt’s hole-in-one was the Eagles’ second in as many tournaments after freshman Bradley Kauffman holed his tee shot on the famous 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass in early February.
“What a great shot for Nick,” said Pendley in an email on Monday night. “It is a rare feat and to have two guys make hole-in-ones in back-to-back events is something unheard of!”
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Seabolt and Eberhardt, who finished tied for 13th, were two of the four Winthrop golfers that finished in the top-13. Redshirt senior Walt Todd finished tied for sixth after carding a 4-over 220 (73-72-75), and junior Taylor Dickson shot a 6-over 222 (75-74-73).
Michigan State, Rutgers and Connecticut rounded out the top-5 in the team standings. The rest of the field included Seattle, Miami (Ohio), Oakland and Detroit.
After two weeks off, the Eagles will return to action on March 14 at the Seminole Intercollegiate in Tallahassee, Fla., hosted by Florida State. A third hole-in-one wouldn’t hurt the cause.
“After 54 holes and all the shots we hit this week,” said Eberhardt, “for it to end with just one shot separating first and second is truly amazing and to know that I made a one makes it even more so."