KSU men's golf captures Atlantic-Sun Championship
BRASELTON, Ga. - Kennesaw State ended all three rounds of the 2011 Atlantic Sun Men’s Golf…
Georgia (Apr 21, 2011) — BRASELTON, Ga. - Kennesaw State ended all three rounds of the 2011 Atlantic Sun Men’s Golf Championship with the lead and on Wednesday afternoon earned its first championship in school history winning by nine shots. The Owls’ Jeff Karlsson fired a three-day total of six-under-par, 207, to earn the individual medalist honor.
The Owls posted a 54-hole score of (280-283-282/845, -7) to finish as the only team
under-par besting second place UNF (854, +2) by nine-strokes. Campbell concluded just
one-stroke behind UNF carding a (855, +3). Kennesaw State’s 845 total tied the conference’s
all-time scoring record. UCF, in 2004, and
Jacksonville, in 2006, matched the Owls three-day total.
“We knew what we had to do coming in to today’s round,” head coach Jay Moseley said. “We played the same we have all year and all week and our best was unbeatable. Our goals were set high and it's special to achieve them and I am proud to be taking the trophy home to Kennesaw.”
Beyond Karlsson, the individual race ended with a tight finish as a quartet of individuals tied for second including Karlssons' teammate Matt Nagy, Matt Moot of Campbell, Kevin Phelan of UNF and Hans Reimers of Mercer. These five made up the All-Tournament team. Karlsson’s win gives the junior his third individual title of the season.
“We have been wanting this all year,” Karlsson said. “We played our best and no one could catch us. We have been through this before with our previous wins this year and we were well prepared.”
Sophomore Ben Greene and freshman Jonathan Klotz each tied for 21st finishing with a (218, +5) while senior Chad Wilson in his last A-Sun Championship posted a (219, +6) to finish tied for 28th.
Mercer finished in fourth place (860, +8) just ahead of 2010 A-Sun Champions ETSU (861, +9). The Bears matched the lowest third-round score in A-Sun history with a 7-under-par 277, tying the score shot by Jacksonville en route to the 2006 crown.
Defending champion ETSU improved for the second-straight round, shooting a 2-under 282 to take fifth. The Buccaneers’ Patrick Spraggs shot the low round of the day, a 4-under 67 to jump into a tie for 10th. FGCU and USC Upstate shared sixth, with Belmont Jacksonville, Stetson and Lipscomb rounding out the field.
The Owls next challenge will be the NCAA Regional’s May 19-21. For more updates on the Owls postseason play visit www.ksuowls.com.
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the second-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 126 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.