CAMDEN, S.C. – Charleston Southern junior Parker Jones carded a final round two-over par 72 Sunday to lead the Bucs to a fifth-place finish at the Camden Collegiate Invitational. Strong winds both Saturday and Sunday impacted play in the 54-hole event at Camden Country Club.
USC Upstate held off host Furman by one shot to capture the team title. The Spartans compiled a final round two-over 282 behind par or better rounds from Reid Beddel (-2) and Jordan Warnock (Even). The Paladins' Jack Crosby held onto the 36-hole clubhouse lead to best Warnock by a shot and earn medalist honors. Crosby posted a pair of 69's Saturday before closing with a 72.
Jones's effort allowed him to finish in a tie for 15th place to pace coach Jason Payne's Bucs. He ended the day on a high note with six pars and a birdie over his last seven holes. Jones was also CSU's top individual earlier in the week at the Phoenix Invitational.
CSU was able to record wins over Big South Conference rivals Presbyterian and Gardner-Webb, as well as Dartmouth.
"We weren't able to get four good countable rounds each day and that kept us from the top of the leaderboard," Payne said. "We're looking forward to hosting at Kiawah in a couple of weeks and finishing the fall playing like we think we're capable."
The Bucs will host the East Bay Deli Classic at Kiawah Island's Turtle Point Golf Club Nov. 4-6. Art Griffin, now a CSU student assistant coach, won the tournament last year.