Pieters chases NCAA title with Monroe victory
Thomas Pieters held off a hard-charging Alex Edfort on Saturday during the final round to win the Monroe Invitational. The Illinois junior shot a final-round 2-under 68 for an 8-under 272 total at Monroe Golf Club in Pittsford, N.Y., to win by one shot over Edfort, a senior at Pacific.
Pieters’ final-round score was his third consecutive sub-par round. After opening with 71, Pieters, of Nijlen, Belgium, put together rounds of 67-66-68 to climb the leaderboard. He shared the third-round lead with Edfort, but with a back-nine 33 on Saturday (which included an eagle at the par-5 12th), pulled ahead as Edfort went cold.
The Monroe victory comes on the heels of the individual title at the NCAA Championship two weeks ago. Pieters shot 5-under 208 over 54 holes at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif., to win that prestigious honor by three shots over TCU’s Julien Brun and Florida’s Tyler McCumber.
Florida Gulf Coast’s Kyle English was solo third at 4-under 276 in the Monroe while Pieters’ teammate Mason Jacobs and Georgia Tech’s Anders Albertson finished tied for fourth, another shot back.
First- and second-round leader David Denlinger of Charleston Southern ended the tournament in a share of eighth. Denlinger opened with a 6-under 64 but didn’t shoot another score under 70.