After a rain-shortened third round Sunday, the Charlotte golf team came back out Monday morning to finish the NCAA championship in 22nd place at The Concession Golf Club.
Riley Davenport moved on to play a fourth round as an individual competing for the individual national championship and finished eighth, the best finish by place in 49ers history.
“What a great run that these guys made,” said coach Ryan Cabbage. “I hate that today didn’t work out the way we wanted it to by jumping into that top-15 with a chance to get into match play, but I’m extremely proud of these guys and what they’ve been able to accomplish.”
Davenport wrapped up his final six holes to play on Monday morning, trading a bogey on the par-four No. 15 with a birdie on the par-five No. 17 to end his third round with an even par 72. Davenport put together a steady play of 39 pars to go along with his eight birdies to get him to the individual medal play.
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“What an experience, for Riley to get one more round in contention for an individual national title,” continued Cabbage.
“He and the guys have created a lot of excitement around our program and it’s certainly something we’ll build on. The experiences in just the last couple of weeks, to come here, get a little bit of a taste of it with four guys coming back, we’re already looking forward to next year.”
Senior Raoul Menard ended his NCAA career on Monday. Menard started with a birdie on the par-five No. 7 before a pair of pars to end got him down to three-over on the back shooting 80 (+8) in his final round.
“I hate to lose Raoul Menard,” said Cabbage. “What an ambassador he’s been to our program both on and off the golf course. He’s just a great young man.
“He didn’t have his best week and I hate that for him because he’s worked hard and deserves to be successful. It just didn’t work out for him here. He’s going to have a great career and wonderful future on and off the golf course.”