WILMINGTON, N.C. – The North Carolina A&T men’s golf team had one of their best showings of the season as they closed out the Cape Fear National Intercollegiate Monday afternoon at the par-72, 6,850-yard Cape Fear National golf course.
N.C. A&T moved up into the top-5 of the tournament with their performance on Monday to finish fifth with a score of 959 (27-over) at the two-day, three-round event. The Aggies finished 15 strokes behind tournament winner Rhode Island who shot a 12-over par, 884.
Joining the Aggies in the top-5 was second-place South Carolina Beaufort (890) who finished five strokes off the lead. Appalachian State was third (928) and Towson was fourth (929).
Freshman Xavier Williams led the Aggies. He finished in the top-10 for the first time since the fall semester as he finished tied for 10th moving up six spots on the final day to reach the top-10 by shooting a 14-over, 230.
Fellow freshman Diego Gonzalez shot a solid 2-over, 74 on Monday to move from 24th place into 20th for the tournament. After a rough first two rounds, Gonzalez completed the tournament at 20-over 236.
Cody Lisner finished tied for 31st (248) while sophomore Austin Trent (253) was 40th and freshman Stefan Holczer was 41st (255).
Williams carded five birdies for the tournament. He had a tough first round on Sunday with five bogeys and two double bogeys to finish at 9-over after the first 18 holes. He returned for the second round on Sunday and was excellent. He birdied the fifth and 17th holes both par-4’s. He doubled bogey the par-4, 387-yard No. 12 to finish the round at 2-over. His third round included four birdies while avoiding any double bogeys to finish 3-over.
Gonzalez led the team with eight birdies for the week. He did have a triple bogey in round 1 but nearly made up for it with two first-round birdies. He could not, however, overcome the seven bogeys he shot in round 1 as he shot 8-over. Day 2 was a little problematic as well as he finished 10-over.
But Monday’s round 3 included five birdies including a birdie at the par-3, 186-yard No. 18. Gonzalez was 2-over on the day. For the tournament, he was 2-under on the par-4, 396-yard No. 1 and 2-under at the par-5, 525-yard No. 15.