SAPPHIRE, N.C. – Charleston Southern junior Brandon Smith finished in a three-way tie for second place to pace the Bucs in Tuesday's final round of the Hummingbird Intercollegiate at The Country Club of Sapphire Valley. Smith was five-under par for the day and held a two stroke lead through 15 holes before dropping three shots on the way in to fall to -8 overall and two shots behind Georgia Southern's Steven Fisk.
Fisk's final round 66, featuring a sizzling 30 on the back nine, powered Georgia Southern to the team title at -30 overall. The Eagles built on their round two lead by compiling a second consecutive 12-under 282. Morehead State earned runner-up honors at -17, while Florida Atlantic, Wofford and Chattanooga rounded out the top-five. CSU, which held the round one lead, placed tenth.
Fisk birdied No.'s 10-12, 14, 15 and 18 to charge past Smith and fellow second-place finishers Oliver Simonsen of Chattanooga and Kyle Cottam of Clemson. Mason Williams helped Georgia Southern pull away by firing a tournament-low 65 to earn a tie for fifth with Wofford's Walker Jones.
Smith (67-69-69) was one of only two players in the 84-competitor field to card three consecutive rounds in the 60's. He tied for the tournament high with 15 birdies and had five through 14 holes to surge from one back at the start of the day to two up with three to play. A bogey at the par-three 16th and a double at the par-four 17th proved costly, though, as Fisk rallied to prevail.
Smith has been thoroughly impressive early in the season. The Odessa College transfer was the Bucs' top performer in preseason qualifying and has started his Division I career with back-to-back top-ten showings.
Sophomore Connor Moore (68-71-70) completed a strong T-14th place effort with a one-under 70. Moore birdied No.'s 11, 12 and 14 to finish at par or better for the third straight round.
CSU will continue its busy fall slate October 15-16 at the Phoenix Invitational, hosted by Elon at Alamance Country Club in Burlington, N.C.