WILMINGTON, Del. - For the Tigers their last was their best as they carded their low team round of the spring that enabled Towson to hold firm and finish in ninth place in the 2012 Colonial Athletic Association Men's Golf Championships at the Wilmington Country Club.
"It's a good round to end on," said Tiger coach Brian Yaniger as he watched the Tigers post a 299 on the final 18 holes of the CAA tournament to end their season. "We didn't have those big numbers that killed us in the first couple rounds. I told the guys who are returning for us next year to keep this one in mind. It's certainly a step in the right direction."
The 299 represents the only team round under 300 for this spring for the Tigers who struggled at times during the 2012 portion of their schedule. Towson was one of just three squads in the 11-team field in this weekend's 54-hole event to post a sub-300 score in the final round.
UNC Wilmington (301-295-288-884) successfully defended its team title with a two stroke victory over runner up Georgia State (300-297-289-886). The Seahawks earn the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA post-season tournament.
Old Dominion (307-290-306-903) finished third followed by VCU (305-296-303-904), George Mason (308-292-305-905), William & Mary (310-297-300-907) and Delaware (312-289-306-907), James Madison (306-303-303-912), Towson (314-308-299-921), Drexel (321-308-301-930) and Hofstra (321-309-305-935).
As he did for the entire tournament freshman DJ Honan (77-76-76) led the Tigers with a 229 that tied him for 23rd. Sophomore Joe Gunerman (79-78-73) closed with a 73 that proved to be the low round for a Towson golfer in the CAA Tournament. In matching his low round for the spring he moved from a second round tie for 40th to a tie for 26th with a 230.
Junior Ken Jee (79-76-76) tied for 28th with a 231. Sophomore Matt Fry (80-78-74) recovered nicely after an opening round 80 to finish with a 74 and a 232 that tied him for 32nd. Senior Justin Koehler (79-80-79) tied for 50th.
Delaware's Greg Matthias (72-68-77-217) earned CAA medalist honors.