For the most part, they played like they were familiar with the place.
Five active KSU players and alumnus Chad Wilson played in the tournament, and four Owls finished in the top 25.
Jimmy Beck emerged as the winner, shooting 1-over par 285 after four days. Beck, who was tied for fifth overall after three rounds, was the low scorer in the final round, finishing with a 2-under 69.
Wilson and Jonathan Klotz both shot 73 Sunday to finish in a tie for 11th. Austin Vick shot 76 to finish 21st. Kelby Burton didn’t fare as well in the final round with a 79 but still finished 33rd. Sam Curtis was 53rd but finished 10 strokes lower than his third round score with a 73.
“I’m thrilled seeing my teammate and my buddy from junior golf winning,” Klotz said when asked about Beck’s victory. “Being able to be part of it and see it the whole way through has been a lot of fun for me. I was just as nervous down the stretch as he was.”
If Beck was nervous down the stretch, it didn’t show.
He took the lead late in his round after making birdies on Nos. 6 and 7 and, he also got help when eventual second place finisher Travis Williamson of St. Simons double bogeyed on the par-3 eighth.
“I was definitely more nervous as he was the whole day,” Kennesaw State coach Jay Moseley said. “He was as cool as they come when it comes to staying the course and being patient. From the get-go, I knew he had a chance of winning this golf tournament because he plays such steady golf.”
After making the turn at 2-over, Klotz shot even on the front nine with a birdie on No. 2 and a bogey on No. 6.
Wilson had success on the back nine posting even par before playing the front in 2-over par.
Curtis was 1-under through 14 holes but couldn’t hold on. He bogied three of his final four holes.
Former Walker golfer Matthew Hayes shot 77 Sunday to finish 30th. Kennesaw resident Chris Hall was 40th after carding a 79.
Former Harrison golfer Blane Woodruff, now playing for South Carolina, shot 74 and finished 46th. Former Walton standout David Yowell fired a 76 to finish 57th.
Marietta resident John Guzman and former Walton and current Oglethorpe golfer Anthony Amodeo both shot 77 to finish 65th and 67th, respectively. Acworth resident Rob VanGorder, Jr. shot 78 and finished 70th.