PALM CITY, Fla. – Inclement weather in the forecast pushed the Valspar Collegiate golf tournament to a 36-hole finish on Monday, instead of Tuesday’s scheduled final round, and the guys put on a show.
Wake Forest had a share of the lead after day one and claimed the team title thanks to a herculean effort in the morning round Monday. The Demon Deacons shot 14-under as a team in the second round to claim a share of the lead with South Carolina. They never looked back.
Eugenio Chacarra’s 4-under 67 in the final round pulled Wake Forest away from the pack to win at -25. Auburn finished second at -19, followed by South Carolina (-15), defending champion Oklahoma State (-14) and Vanderbilt (-11).
“14-under this morning was a pretty nice score, but hats off to this field,” said Wake Forest coach Jerry Haas. “Teams were -16, -13, so it was a good thing we brought it this morning. It was really a team win.”
Ask Wake Forest sophomore Parker Gillam, and he’ll tell you it was more than just a team win. It was a statement.
“We made a statement this week,” said Gillam. “We showed the big dogs we’re just as big as they are.”
But nobody said it better than the Demon Deacon freshman Chacarra, who shot a bogey-free 4-under in brutal conditions down the stretch in the final round.
“The team did a great job. We deserve it. We worked hard for it. We’re happy for it.”
Wolff wins again, earns spot in 2020 Valspar
Speaking of the big dogs, Golfweek’s top-ranked player in the nation, Matthew Wolff, claimed the individual title at 14-under, fending off Florida State’s John Pak (-13) and Texas A&M’s Chandler Phillips (-12).
It was Wolff’s fifth title of the season, setting a school record.
The win also means Wolff earns a sponsor exemption in the 2020 Valspar Championship.
South Florida’s Albin Bergstrom and Duke’s Chandler Eaton and Alex Smalley weren’t able to finish on Monday, but will play Tuesday morning.