Freshman Alan Smith leads CSU in Phoenix Invitational final round

Freshman Alan Smith leads CSU in Phoenix Invitational final round

BURLINGTON, N.C. – Charleston Southern freshman Alan Smith fired a final round two-under par 69 Tuesday at Alamance Country Club to help the Bucs place eighth at the Phoenix Invitational. Parker Jones earned a T-21st place finish to pace CSU individually.

Host Elon put together its third straight round in red numbers, a one-under 283, to best the 16-team field with a 54-hole score of -9. Ohio finished runner-up at -4, with Temple a shot back in third and Radford and Presbyterian one behind the Owls in a tie for fourth.

Elon's William Harwood took home medalist honors, finishing at -10 on the strength of a final round 68. That effort enabled Harwood to edge Temple's Trey Wren, who entered the day tied atop the leaderboard, by one stroke. High Point's Brandon Einstein posted a final round 67 to tie for second.

Alan Smith (T-30th) played the best golf of his freshman season to date for CSU, recovering from a first round 77 to go -3 over his final 36 holes. Smith's four-under 32 on Tuesday's back nine helped him bump up 24 spots from his round two standing. He birdied the par-four ninth to make the turn with momentum and then added two more birdies and an eagle at the par-five 17th to finish on a high note.

Parker Jones (T-21st) dropped out of the top-ten with a three-over front nine Tuesday, but salvaged an even par back side to place in the top quarter of the field. Connor Moore (T-30th) contributed CSU's second-best round three score with a level par 71 highlighted by 16 pars.

"It was a tough day for us," said CSU head coach Jason Payne afterward. "On this course, you have to shoot under par to make a move and we did not get that done today. We'll look to string some more good rounds together in our last two events this fall."

CSU faces a quick turnaround, as the Bucs will head to Camden Country Club for the Camden Collegiate Invitational this Saturday and Sunday.

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