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Travale prevails at Carolina

UCF’s Johnny Travale won the Carolina Collegiate Invitational and besides the tournament win he received an exemption into next year’s BMW Pro-Am presented by Synnex. (GolfClub Video)

Travale wins tournament and BMW exemption, High Point takes team title

Johnny Travale may have earned a trip back to the Carolina Country Club next Spring.

The University of Central Florida senior won the Carolina Collegiate Invitational at the club in Spartanburg. The win was his second college title in a row, but this one comes with more than a cool trophy.

Travale earned an exemption to play in the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by Synnex. The tournament is a stop on the Korn-Ferry Tour and the event is in negotiations with the Carolina Country Club to be one of the courses used for next year’s event.

Johnny Travale shot a 2-under par 70 in the final round to win his second straight college tournament. (GolfClub Photo)

“I’m super excited to play in the Korn-Ferry event coming up,” said Travale. “I had a lot of fun playing it, (Carolina Country Club) and look forward to playing it again sometime,” he said.

Travale started the final round five-shots behind teammate Markus Braadlie.

Playing as an individual entrant, Braadlie shot a second round 8-under par 64. It was the best round of the tournament and gave the Knight’s senior a three-shot lead over Caleb Manual from UConn .

In the final round, Braadlie suffered a quad and a double bogey. The two big numbers pushed him back into a four-way tie for third with Manuel, Western Carolina’s Jake Peacock and Kristian Tannum Donaldson from VCU by the end of the final round.

As Braadlie lost ground Travale was able to catch up and pass his teammate.

Another teammate, Luis Carrera stayed within a couple of shots of the leader.

UCF’s Markus Braadlie held the lead until late in the final round before finishing in a tie for fifth place. (GolfClub Photo)

After Travale finished his final round at two-under par 70 for a 7-under par total, he had to wait to declare victory until Carrera missed making an eagle on the final hole.

Carrera settled for a birdie and second place, one shot behind Travale.

The victory was the second in a row for Travale.

A little over a week ago he won the Hartford Hawks Invitational. He will have an opportunity for a third straight victory when he defends the individual championship he won at Isleworth later this week.

Travale was the medalist the last time the Knights played in the tournament pre-covid.

“It feels great to be able to win in back-to-back events. “I feel on top of my game right now, which is especially important as we prepare to play in the Isleworth Collegiate this upcoming weekend. I’m excited for the opportunity to go out there and defend my title,” said Travale.

The exemption to play in the BMW tournament could offer Travale the opportuity to make his professioanl debut in the event.

.The college season ends with the NCAA Championship, May 27-June 1 on Grayhawk Golf Club’s Raptor course in Arizona, so even if Travale and the Knights make the finals he would have time to get to the upstate for the start of the tournament on June 6th..

Travale was ranked in the Top-50 of the PGA University standings before his win in Spartanburg was included in the rankings.

High Point University won the team title by two-shots at the Carolina Collegiate Invitational. The Panthers set a new school record with their 845 tournament total. (GolfClub Photo)

The team title was won by High Point University. The Panthers set a new school scoring record with their 845 total and claimed a 2-shot victory over Florida Gulf Coast while UCF finished third.

Wofford and USC Upstate were the hosts for the tournament. The Terriers finished ninth with the Spartans finishing in tenth place.

The Terriers’ Henry Jones was the top finisher from the two teams. Jones finished tied for 16th at one-under par.

Scores from the Carolina Collegiate Invitational http://results.golfstat.com/public/leaderboards/gsnav.cfm?pg=team&tid=24283

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