SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The James Madison men's golf team improved two spots in the final round and finished eighth at the 2013 Coca-Cola Wofford Invitational, April 15-16. Hosted by Wofford College, the two-day, 54-hole tournament was played at the Country Club of Spartanburg (Par 72-6,648 yards) in Spartanburg, S.C.
The Dukes shot a 4-over 292 in the last round to compete the tournament at 22-over 876, moving up two spots from a tie for 10th to place eighth. East Tennessee State overcame an eight-shot deficit heading into the final round by shooting an even-par 288 and finishing as the tournament champion at 1-under 853, two shots better than host Wofford at 1-over 854 after the Terriers had a 10-over 298 in the last 18. Radford moved up to third at 7-over 861, with Appalachian State and Elon tying for fourth at 8-over 862.
JMU was led by senior Rich Leeper (Chapel Hill, N.C./Carrboro), who posted his second-straight 1-under 71 to finish at 2-under 214 in a tie for ninth. It was his third top-10 of the season and fifth of his career, while the 1-under 71 was his seventh round of par or better this year.Junior Tucker Koch (Malvern, Pa./Malvern Prep.) finished at 4-over 220 after a final round 4-over 76, tying for 34th. Senior Ryan Vince (Charlotte, N.C./Providence) was two shots back of Koch in a tie for 44th at 6-over 222. Freshman Chris Kapsak (Richmond, Va./Trinity Episcopal) had his first collegiate under-par round with a 1-under 71 in the final 18, moving up to a tie for 58th at 7-over 223. Sophomore Trey Smith (Virginia Beach, Va. /Kellam) was the final Duke on the team, tying for 56th at 9-over 225. Playing as an individual, junior Ben Firebaugh (Roanoke, Va./William Byrd (Newberry)) tied for 72nd at 14-over 230 after shooting a personal tournament-low 1-over 73 in the last round.
Appalachian State's Caleb Keck shot an even-par 72 in the final round and took home medalist honors at 7-under 209, one shot ahead of second-round leader Charles Moore of Wofford, who posted a final round 2-over 74 to finish at 6-under 210.
The Dukes return to the course Fri.-Sun., April 26-28 to compete in the 2013 CAA Men's Golf Championship at St. James Plantation in Southport, N.C. Madison will be battling for the league title and the automatic berth in the NCAA Men's Golf Regionals.