SOUTH BEND, Indiana - UNCW senior Thomas Bass carded a one-over-par 72
in the final round to hold off several challengers, including junior teammate
Payne McLeod, to capture medalist honors at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf
Classic on Tuesday at the Warren Golf Club in South Bend. The Seahawks posted
their top finish of the fall, tying 38th-ranked Houston for second place.
Michigan State won the team
title behind a pair of top-10 finishes from Matthew Moseley (70-71-75=216) and
McCormick Clouser (73-72-73=218). Mitch Rutledge (75-68-77=220) finished 21st
overall to give the Spartans the title.
For Bass (71-68-72=211), it
was his second career championship, having also won the Seahawk Invitational in
2011. Bass tied his career low-tournament score after matching his 211 he
carded at the VCU Shootout in the fall of 2011.
Bass' title was the first
for a Seahawk since former standout Josh Brock won the Colonial Athletic
Association title in 2011.
While Bass earned the
medal, McLeod (75-70-68=213) also finished strong earning his first career
top-5 finish after finishing two strokes off the pace and tied with UT
Arlington's Hunter Brown (71-71-71=213). McLeod's final round 68 was
three-under and tied his career-low round.
The Seahawks head to
Johnson City, Tennessee, later this week for the Bank of Tennessee
Intercollegiate at Blackthorn Club. The tournament runs from Oct. 12 -14.