Morgan Makes Move on Final Day of O'Briant-Jensen
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Sophomore Carter Morgan moved up 12 spots on the final day of The O'Briant-Jensen to find himself in a tie for fourth place amongst a talent pack of golfers. As a team, Virginia Wesleyan University finished in seventh place, down one spot from the end of the day Monday.
Morgan was in 16th place after Monday's first round, carding a 3-over, 74. He finished with an even-par, 71 on Tuesday to move up 12 spots, tying for fourth with seven other golfers. Mark Connelly of Huntingdon College, the 45th-ranked golfer in Division III, won the individual title with a 3-under, 139 after matching Morgan's 71 in the second round. Morgan finished six shots off the pace, finishing with a two-day 145 (+3). The three golfers who posted better scores than Morgan were all nationally ranked.
The Marlins improved their team score by five strokes, shooting a 296 (+12) on Tuesday to finish with a two-day, 597 (+29). No. 6 Methodist University won the event with a two-day 580 (+12). All six teams that bested the Marlins (Methodist, Carnegie Mellon, Huntingdon, Guilford, Washington and Lee, Greensboro) were nationally ranked in the top-26.
Keith Cooper improved by four strokes on Tuesday, shooting a 2-over, 73. He finished with a 150 (+8) to move up 16 spots into a tie for 26th. Jakob Keidel was the next Marlin to appear on the leaderboard, posting a 9-over, 80 on the heels of an impressive first round performance. He carded a 153 (+11) for the tournament. Jacob Laughlin remained consistent from day-to-day, finishing with a two-day 154 (+12). Kevin Duffy shot a 4-over, 75, an improvement of four strokes, to finish with a 154 (+12) for the tournament.
The Marlins have completed their fall season with anticipation of a spring slate that will be on March 9 as Virginia Wesleyan travels to Battle at the Beach in Myrtle Beach.