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UAB wins Carolina Cup, defending champion DQ’d

Carolina Country Club owner Tim Dunlop (far left) and BMW Charity Pro-Am Executive Director Mike McGovern (far right) congratulated the team from Alabama Birmingham for their record setting win at the Carolina Cup tournament played at the Carolina Country Club in Spartanburg. (GolfClub Photo)

Alabama-Birmingham set a new team tournament record by shooting a final round 12-under par 276 to pass second round leader Lipscomb and go on to win the Carolina Cup.

The UAB team was not the only ones turning in a record performance in the 14 team tournament played at The Carolina Country Club in Spartanburg, SC.

Tobias Jonsson from Mercer, set a new individual scoring record at the event finishing at 12-under par 204.

Jonsson’s final round 5-under par 67 broke the tie for the tournament lead he shared with Khavish Varadan from UAB after the second round.

Jonsson birdied his final hole, the par 5, 515 yard 18th to take a 2-shot lead over Varadan, who was several groups behind Jonsson.

The Blazers Junior cut the lead to one shot with a birdie on number 17, but was not able to match Jonsson’s birdie on the final hole to force a playoff.

Mercer University junior Tobias Jonsson set a new tournament record with his 12-under par total to win the Carolina Cup at the Carolina Country Club. (GolfClub Photo)

Jason Hong from Lipscomb finished in third place at 9-under par, 3- shots behind the winner.

UCF’s Johnny Travale, the defending champion, watches as his second shot on the 16th hole at Carolina Country Club spins off the green into the water. Travale followed the missed shot with a shouting explosion before continuing to play the hole. After the round, the highest ranked golfer in the field profanely attacked a tournament committee member which resulted in his disqualification for violation of Rule 1.2b Serious Misconduct. (GolfClub Photo)

Defending champion Johnny Travale from Central Florida was disqualified from the tournament after the second round.

Travale was seen screaming at no one in particular on the the 16th hole when his second shot spun back off the green into the water.

After the round Travale aimed his verbal attack at one of the tournament’s committee members complaining about pin placements around the course and in particular the 16th hole.

His tirade became profane and after the altercation ended rules officials and the tournament committee met to consider how to address his clear violation of Code of Conduct Rule 1.2b.

According to the head rules official and committee chairman Travale’s conduct and verbal assault was considered Serious Misconduct, using the Rules of Golf Interpretation of the violation for repeatedly using vulgar or offensive language.

The tournament was being recorded for an internet broadcast and the altercation was captured and recorded.

When the video was viewed, the committee believed it had no alternative but to disqualify Travale at a minimum for the round that ended with his attack on the tournament official.

After the disqualification, the UCF coaches withdrew the defending champion from the remainder of the tournament.

A tournament official declined to make the video of the altercation available to the media, but those who had viewed it confirmed the committees view of the incident.

The UCF team was forced to use the four available players for their second round score and played the final round with the same four players.

UCF had been tied for second before the disqualification and finished the 54 hole event in 5th place. The team left the tournament site before the awards presentation at the completion of play without comment.

Travale, a senior was the highest ranked individual in the event according to the PGA Tour University poll where Travale was listed at number 37.

His win in last year’s tournament carried with it an invitation to play in the Korn-Ferry Tour’s BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by Synnex.

However, Travale was extended an opportunity to play in his home country of Canada’s national championship, the RBC Canadian Open which was held at the same time as the BMW and he did not use the exemption.

The two local teams in the Carolina Cup had mixed results in the final round.

The Wofford Terriers led by Max Cranford held on to the eighth spot in the tournament while Cranford gained eight places to finish in a tie for seventh after shooting a final round 3-under par 69.

USC Upstate carded their best team round of the tournament, but was not able to move up the leader board.

Senior Zander Briggs, playing as an individual, turned in the best performance for the Spartan’s finishing in a tie for 44th.

The college tournament received volunteer assistance and support from the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by Synnex.

The tournament helped raise funds for two Spartanburg area groups. The First Tee Upstate and the Children’s Cancer Partners of the Carolinas.

Scores from the Carolina Cup at the Carolina Country Club https://results.golfstat.com/public/leaderboards/gsnav.cfm?pg=team&tid=26416

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