RALEIGH, NC (WECT) - The UNCW men's golf team overcame a 10-stroke deficit on the final day to win its first Colonial Athletic Association championship since 2013 on Sunday.
The Seahawks edged four-time defending champion College of Charleston by two strokes at the Lonnie Poole Golf Course.
Leading the way in the final round were seniors Pat Cover and Thomas Eldridge and sophomore Blake McShea, who finished second. Cover finished the round 2-under while Eldridge was 1-under. McShea held low-round honors at 3-under.
"I had faith in our guys and we saved our best for last," said UNCW interim head coach Daniel Bowden. "None of us were ready for this season to end, especially our seniors Patrick (Cover) and Thomas (Eldridge), who came up big when we needed them most. This was for them and for everyone involved with the incredible Seahawk Golf Family."
Charleston's Michael Sass won medalist honors, besting McShea by three strokes.
UNCW led the tournament in par-four scoring (4.13) and par-five scoring (4.99). McShea led all players in par-four scoring at 3.79.
UNCW Golfers: 2. Blake McShea 73-74-69=216; T4. Pat Cover 73-76-70=219; T13. Christofer Rahm 78-73-75=226; T15. Reese McFarlane 74-75-78=227; 17. Thomas Eldridge 81-76-71=228
Team Standings: 1. UNCW 298-298-285=881; 2. Charleston 301-286-296=883; 3. Drexel 300-296-290=886; 4. James Madison 290-296-305=891; 5. Elon 305-304-294=903; 6. Delaware 312-303-303=918; 7. William & Mary 310-304-305=919; 8. Towson 315-307-299=921; 9. Hofstra 329-307-316=952
Individual Standings: 1. Michael Sass (CofC) 75-66-72=213; 2. Blake McShea (UNCW) 73-74-69=216; 3. Connor Schmidt (Drexel) 77-68-73=218; T4. Pat Cover (UNCW) 73-76-70=219; T4. Aaron Fricke (Drexel) 71-77-71=219.