NINETY SIX, S.C. - Charleston Southern senior Jacques Wilson posted a final round one-over par 73 to finish fourth and pace the Bucs to a fourth-place showing Sunday at the Big South Conference Championship at The Patriot at Grand Harbor. CSU led the tournament near the midway point of round two and was in contention for a second-place finish before struggling on the back nine.
Wilson's top-five standing earned him a spot on the All-Big South Championship Team and the general All-Big South Team, which were announced in a post-event awards ceremony. Classmate Art Griffin was tabbed to the All-Academic Team, while Connor Moore earned a spot on the All-Freshman Team.
Liberty ran away from the tightly bunched field with a third-round tally of 12-under 276, its second straight day double-digits under par. The Flames earned the league's automatic berth to the NCAA Regionals and may be joined by Campbell, who finished 19 back in second. High Point, at +12, overtook CSU for third by a single stroke thanks to the 54th and final hole. The Bucs were three in front of Gardner-Webb for fourth.
High Point's Brendan MacDougall followed his tournament-record 63 with a 67 to cruise to medalist honors at -13 overall. Liberty's Alexandre Fuchs and Mickey DeMorat tied for second at -7. Wilson, who began the day one behind MacDougall, was -1 through 15 holes but double bogeyed No. 16 and bogeyed 17 to fall behind the Flames' duo.
The Bucs were +3 at the turn before capping the day at 13-over 301. Wilson and Moore (44th) each shot 73, while Elliot Gothe (T-16th) fired a 77 and Griffin (T-22nd) and Dylan Patscot (T-25th) shot 78.
"The course played tougher today than it did the last two days, especially with some of the pin placements," first-year CSU head coach Jason Payne said afterward. "We still had a good shot on the back nine to take second but couldn't get it going like we had the past two days. We still played some good golf this weekend but we know a little more would have made it a really good showing."
Wilson's fourth-place finish gave him top-ten finishes in both of his Big South Tournament outings. He placed T-6th a year ago. Griffin and Patscot also played their final events for CSU.
"It's been great getting to know those guys and coach them this year so we're going to miss seeing those guys compete for us," Payne said.