Freshman Josh Lorenzetti became the third College of Charleston golfer to win the Southern Conference men’s golf championship and the first freshman in program history to win the tournament, as he helped the Cougars finish third at the Daniel Island Club on Tuesday.
Lorenzetti shot a 2-under 70 to claim medalist honors and was the only player in the field to shoot under par. Lorenzetti also earned freshman of the year honors along with Taylor Coalson from UNC Greensboro and also earned a spot on the all-freshman team. Lorenzetti earned the league’s individual automatic bid to the NCAA regional championship, which will be May 16-18.
“I’m really happy for Josh (Lorenzetti) and proud of the way he competed this week,” Cougars coach Mark McEntire said. “To be the only player in the tournament to shoot under par says a lot about his poise and confidence this week. He battled difficult conditions, but kept calm and played great out there.”
Lorenzetti joins Daniel Brunson (2002) and Bruce McDonald (2003) as the CofC individual winners in the history of the Cougar program, which started play in the SoCon tournament in 1999.
The Cougars shot a 10-over 298 on the final day of the tournament and finished at +34 to earn their eighth top-three finish in program history. Chattanooga (+20) won the tournament by two shots over Davidson (+22).
Lorenzetti, playing in the final grouping with Steven Fox from Chattanooga and Todd Eckstein from Davidson, took a one-stroke lead into the final hole. The freshman made par on the 18th to lock up his individual title. The three were tied for the lead heading into the 17th, where Lorenzetti birdied the par-4 hole to pull ahead.
Lorenzetti wrapped up with a three-day total of 1-under 215. After opening with a 4-over 76, he shot a 3-under 69 Monday before closing with a 2-under round.
Junior Alex Ellis shot 223 (+7) to finish tied for eighth in the tournament and earn a spot on the All-SoCon team.
In his last collegiate golf tournament, senior John Duke Hudson shot 229 (and finished tied for 21st overall.
Southern Conference championship
Chattanooga 298-290-296—884 +20; Davidson 297-294-295—886 +22; College of Charleston 309-291-298—898 +34; Appalachian State 305-298-303—906 +42; Georgia Southern 315-293-301—909 +45; UNC Greensboro 315-298-296—909 +45; Samford 314-298-302—914 +50; Elon 312-295-307—914 +50; Furman 320-309-292—921 +57; Western Carolina 324-304-304—932 +68; Wofford 332-305-300—937 +73.
College of Charleston (898) 1 Josh Lorenzetti 76-69-70—215; T8 Alex Ellis 79-71-73—223; T21 John Duke Hudson 79-72-78—229; T32 Zach Munroe 75-79-79—233; T47 Jackson Moore 81-82-77—240
In Ninety-Six, Charleston Southern junior Ross Thomson fired a 4-under 68 to finish third and the Buccaneers shot a 294 (+6), the lowest round of the day, to take fifth at the Big South championship at The Patriot Golf Club.
Coastal Carolina took the team title with a two-stroke victory over Liberty with a 296 in the final round. Liberty’s Mathieu Fanasse won the tournament by three strokes at 5-under 211, finishing ahead of Coastal Carolina’s Sebastian Soderberg (-2) and Thomson (+2).
Big South championship
Coastal Carolina 296-289-296—881; Liberty 294-294-295—883; Winthrop 299-294-298—891; Radford 304-306-296—906; Charleston Southern 313-307-294—914; Gardner-Webb 309-306-302—917; Presbyterian 305-312-301—918; Campbell 304-309-305—918; High Point 313-305-312—930; Longwood 320-315-307—942.
Charleston Southern (914) 3 Ross Thomson 76-74-68—218 +2; T15 Jarrett Swan 76-78-73—227 +11; T33 C.J. Liner 81-76-76—233 +17; 40 Nicolas Baena 80-79-77—236 +20; T43 Choo Teck Ng 82-80-78—240 +24.
College of Charleston won its 11th straight game after sweeping a doubleheader with Coastal Carolina, 2-1 and 9-0.
The Cougars (30-16), who got a two-hitter from Hope Klicker in the opener and a two-hit shutout from Stephanie Saylors in the second game, have won 15 of 16.
Kristy Giragosian went 2 for 3 in the first game and drove in both Cougars runs on a two-out, bases-loaded double in the fourth inning. Kelsey Hodgson was 3 for 3 with her 14th homer of the season and drove in three in the second game.
The Cougars next host Western Carolina in a doubleheader Saturday.
The Citadel signed six women’s soccer players, including Wando standout Sara Winch. Other signees are graduate student Florence Amess (London) as well as incoming freshmen Naomi-Beth Carter (Karapiro, New Zealand), Ilana Green (Raleigh), Montana Hinson (Hendersonville, Tenn.), Lea Raedle (Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany) and Nata Torres-Diaz (Bucaramanga, Colombia).
Winch, a defenseman, is the daughter of Bulldogs head coach Bob Winch.