VAAS, N.C. – The Coker men's golf team put together a spectacular final round of play to capture the 2012 Conference Carolinas Men's Golf Championship on Tuesday. Down 18 strokes entering the day, the Cobras fired a team score of 285 (-3) to storm their way into first place and defeat Barton College by one stroke. The Cobras carded a three round team total of 898 (+34), while Barton shot 899 (+35) in second and King College placed third at 907 (+43).
Leading the way for the Cobras was freshman Christopher Fuga with a fourth place finish overall. Fuga shot 71 (-1) in the final round. Also carding a 71 in the final round was sophomore Josh Clay. He placed fifth overall. Junior Jake Murphy finished in a tie for 16th after carding a one-over-par 73 in the final round, while senior Diego Polo also finished in 16th; he shot a team low 70 (-2) in the last round. Senior Jared Crane rounded out the field for Coker with a 78 (+6) in the third round. He placed 33rd overall.
"This is unbelievable," said head coach Tommy Baker. "I am extremely excited for my guys. They never gave up. They played hard all week and they definitely deserve to be champions."
With the win, the Cobras will advance to the NCAA South/Southeast Super Regional Tournament May 7-9 in Conover, N.C. at the Jones Golf Course.
This is the second Conference Carolinas Men's Golf Championship for the Cobras; the first came in 2006.