Interview Alex Hamilton Interview
The Wofford Terriers were in the thick of the race for the title at their home tournament going into the final round. Wofford led after the first 36 holes at The Country Club of Spartanburg.
In the third round the Terrier putters, which had been hot in the first two rounds, went cold while East Tennessee State tied the best team round score of the tournament.
The Bucs finished the Wofford Invitational at 21 under par for a 15 shot victory over the Terriers and the field. ETSU carded a 276 final round. Wofford shot a 5-over par final round to hold off Austin Peay State for second place.
Individually, Geuntae Kim of ETSU shot a final round 6-under par 66 to finish at 205 for a two shot margin over runner-up Chase Korte from Austin Peay State.
The top Terrier in the field was Nick Willis. The Wofford freshman finished at 215 for the tournament in a tie for sixth place. Willis’ teammate Evan Grenus finished in tenth place with a 213 total.
“The putters were not real hot for us today and we hit some lose shots,” said Wofford coach Alex Hamilton. “We didn’t make our birdie putts, but it was a pretty good week for us,” he said.
The Terriers second round total of 276 tied ETSU and Appalachian State for the low team round of the tournament. It gave the Terriers a tournament lead for the first time this season.
“They played wonderful in the second round. It was by far the best round we have played this season. We finished the second round at 12-under par and that was a heck of a round of golf,” said Hamilton.
The Terrier’s final round was almost a complete opposite of what they had done in the first two rounds of their tournament.
“We just didn’t make the birdies today. We bogeyed some of the par-5s and you just can’t do that out here if you want to score well,” said the coach.
The Terriers will next play at the Clemson Invitational this weekend and then the season ending Southern Conference Tournament in Pinehurst. Hamilton believes the good showing at the Wofford Invitational will help his team in the final two events.
“Our guys never gave up and as a coach that is what you want to see from your team. We are trending in a good direction and hopefully we can get better,” concluded Hamilton.