Gardner-Webb Men's Golf Finishes Seventh At 2017 Furman Intercollegiate

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GREENVILLE, S.C. – Gardner-Webb finished two strokes out of the top-five Sunday, finishing the 2017 Furman Intercollegiate men's golf tournament in a tie for seventh position.

The Runnin' Bulldogs (293-281-289-863) finished one stroke back of Harvard and two strokes behind Wofford in fifth. The 'Dogs were tied with Virginia Tech in the final team standings.

Chris Jones continued to lead the way, tying for fifth place individually. The veteran Jones shot a 71 on Sunday, his third round of the event finished under par. Jones finished his 18 holes on Sunday with four birdies, giving him 15 for the tournament.

Aaron Thomas shot a team-low 70 on Sunday, his second-straight round under par and finished in a tie for 11th place individually. Thomas (73-69-70-212) was red hot on the front nine, sinking a birdie on the first hole and carding birdies on the seventh and eighth hole to finish at three-under par heading into the turn.

Thomas shot even par over the first six holes of his back nine and was hampered by one bogie in the final three holes.

Vincent Blanchette (76-73-73-222) finished in a tie for 66th, with three birdies helping his cause on Sunday.

Jonathan Henry (77-72-75-224) finished two strokes back of Blanchette in a tie for 79th, despite two birdies on the front nine that left him one under par at the turn. A tough 11th hole and a bogey on 18 hindered Henry's rise up the standings on the back nine.

Steffen Smith (73-74-78-225) finished in a tie for 83rd to cap Gardner-Webb's individual performances for the weekend.

Gardner-Webb's next action will come in Spartanburg, S.C., as they participate in the annual Coca-Cola Wofford Invitational on April 3-4.