For the first time since 2003, the Charleston men’s golf team is heading to the NCAA Tournament.
Winning by seven strokes over runner-up Towson, the Cougars (+10) were crowned the 2014 CAA Tournament Champions. It is Charleston’s second conference title in team history. Their first and only title came in the Southern Conference in 2002.
William & Mary (+24), UNCW (+25) and James Madison (+40) rounded out the top five.
Sophomore John Jonas carded a three-round score of 74-68-71—213 to finish at 3-under par and individual runner-up of the tournament. Freshman William Rainey placed third overall with a 217 (+1). Both Jonas and Rainey were named to the CAA All-Tournament Team.
Junior Zach Munroe, who entered the 54-hole championship as the top-ranked player in the field, placed in the Top 10 with a 223 (+7), which put him in a four-way tie for eighth.
Senior Alex Ellis led the way with a four birdie, even-par final day to tie for 12th individually at +8. Ellis qualified for the NCAA LSU Regional a year ago as an individual.
“What a win for our program and The College. Congrats to our players on our first CAA men’s championship in school history. I am so happy for our team. Alex Ellis started the comeback and the team followed. We played another excellent back nine and it allowed us to win the championship today,” Charleston head coach Mark McEntire said.
The Cougars will learn their regional destination during the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship Selection Show. It will be broadcast live on the Golf Channel on Monday, May 5, at 10 a.m.