Florida Tech’s Max O’Hagan Wins Title as Panthers Garner Silver at Cougar Invitational
By Florida Tech // September 27, 2017
COLUMBUS, GEORGIA – Following an impressive two days on the golf course at the Country Club of Columbus, 5th-ranked Florida Tech corralled a second place finish at the Cougar Invitational presented by Aflac. Max O’Hagan seized the individual title at the tournament, helping lead the Panthers to a new 54-hole program scoring record.
The Panthers (-7) posted a three-round total of 845 (280-279-286), besting the previous school record of 846 over 54 holes, set at the Saint Leo Invitational in 2015-16. A major factor in the Crimson & Gray’s finish was their 17-under par performance on Par 5 holes during the week. The Panthers also registered the most birdies (57) and eagles (3) in the tournament.
Host Columbus State won the team championship with a combined score of 835 (-17). Sunshine State Conference foe Saint Leo (-4) finished three strokes back of FIT for third place, while Limestone (+9) and Lee (+9) rounded out the top five in the standings.
O’Hagan (-8) won the individual championship with a score of 205 (68-67-70), becoming the first Panther men’s golfer to achieve the feat since the 2013-14 campaign. The sophomore carded 15 birdies over the three rounds.
Han Xue (-2) was the other Panther to finish in the top 10, tying for seventh with a score of 211 (68-74-69). Gaelen Trew (E) carded a 213 (71-69-73) to conclude the tournament in a tie for 14th.
Shanren Brienen (+9) ended in a tie for 55th at 222 (73-75-74), while Stefan Bogason (+15) tied for 74th with a score of 228 (83-69-76).
Florida Tech returns to the links on Oct. 9-10 in the GolfRank Invitational at the PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
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