No. 48 Coastal Carolina claimed a two-shot victory over 27th-ranked Liberty at the Big South Conference Championship.
The Chanticleers shot 17-over 881 at The Patriot Golf Club at Grand Harbor. It is Coastal Carolina’s first men’s golf title since 2010 and 14th overall and ends Liberty’s two-year championship run. Winthrop finished third at 27 over. Liberty’s final-round 295 was one shot better than Coastal Carolina’s closing score. The Flames were led by medalist Mathieu Fenasse’s final-round 66, but no other Flame could shoot lower than 76 in the final round.
Fenasse, a sophomore, used three birdies on the final five holes to win medalist honors. His final-round 66 was the low round of the day by two shots and one of just two scores in the 60s in the final round. It also was the low score of the tournament. The final-round scoring average was 76.2.
He entered the final round tied for fourth and two shots behind 36-hole leader Cameron Bell of Winthrop, who shot a final-round 80. Fenasse posted a tournament-low 66 on Tuesday to finish with a 5-under 211 (75-70-66), three strokes better than runner-up Sebastian Soderberg of Coastal Carolina. Soderberg, No. 59 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, was later named conference player of the year. Fenasse is ranked 246th by Golfweek.
Soderberg held a one-shot lead when he reached 3 under after 12 holes. Soderberg had five pars and a bogey over the final six holes. Fenasse birdied Nos. 14, 16 and 18.