BLYTHEWOOD — Tanner Ervin of Mount Pleasant put on a clinic over the final 54 holes of the eGolf Tour’s eighth annual Columbia Open, posting a 16-under 268 total for a five-shot victory en route to claiming his first tour title, as well as the $17,000 first-place prize.
Ervin, a former Clemson standout, began his week in solid fashion with a 4-under 67 to sit tied for third through 18 holes of play. In Thursday’s second round, he erupted with a nine-birdie 63 that pushed him to 12-under 130 at the halfway point for a four-shot lead.
A bogey-free 67 on Friday during difficult conditions took Ervin to an impressive 16-under par and eight shots clear of the field heading into Saturday’s final round, where pars on 16, 17 and 18 gave the 29-year-old a 16-under 268 total.
“It feels pretty good,” Ervin said. “This is the best I’ve played in a very long time.”
The College of Charleston claimed a 3-1 victory at UNC Greensboro after back-to-back homers in the seventh inning capped the Cougars’ comeback effort in their regular season finale.
With the game tied at 1, Rebecca Mueller and Kristy Giragosian hit consecutive home runs for the Cougars.
With the win, Charleston (34-18, 15-8 Southern Conference) locked up the No. 2 seed in this week’s SoCon championship, where the Cougars will face seventh-seeded Western Carolina in the opening round on Wednesday at noon in Greensboro, N.C.
The Cougars completed the regular season as winners of 19 of their last 22 games to earn their best tournament seed since the 2007 tournament.
Charleston Southern’s scheduled regular season game against Presbyterian was canceled due to inclement weather in the Clinton area.
Both teams are next in action at the Big South tournament this week in Rock Hill, where they are scheduled to face each other on Thursday in a single-elimination game starting at 9 a.m.
The Blue Hose (7-16) are the No. 8 seed, while the Buccaneers (6-17) are the No. 9 seed.