CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Gardner-Webb finished eighth at the rain-shortened Tar Heel Intercollegiate this past weekend. The tournament was limited to two Friday rounds due to heavy rains in the Triangle area.
The Runnin' Bulldogs shot a 292 over its first 18 holes Friday, then rallied for a 287 in the second round to finish three over par as a team.
UNC Wilmington fired a 567 (-9) to win the event, with host North Carolina shooting a 570 (-6) to finish second. Gardner-Webb finished four strokes ahead of former Big South Conference mate Coastal Carolina, with VCU, Virginia Tech, Elon and Furman rounding out the 12-team field.
Vincent Blanchette and Chris Jones led Gardner-Webb individually, tying for 13th. Blanchette overcame a tough first round (74) to fire the third-best round of any golfer over what wound up the final 18 holes of the tournament. He shot a 69 in Friday's second round to finish at 143 for the event.
Jones was consistent, shooting rounds of 72 and 71 to finish tied with Blanchette at one under par.
Coastal Carolina's Alfredo Ruiz (68-70-138) finished tied with UNC Greensboro's Jake McGlone (71-67-138) for first place. Both were six under par individually.
Gardner-Webb gets back on the links next weekend, traveling to Burlington, N.C., for the Elon Phoenix Invitational (October 16-18).