Manakin-Sabot, Va. - The Wichita State University men's golf team placed second at the VCU Shootout following an uncharacteristically disappointing third round. The Shockers led by seven strokes after two rounds but stumbled on Tuesday and fell behind Virginia Tech to settle for second place.
Sophomore Louis Cohen Boyer tied for eighth place at 4-over par (71-71-78=220). The Paris, France native entered Tuesday's final round in a tie for second after carding identical rounds of 71 (-1) on Monday. That success did not carry over to Tuesday, however, as Boyer ended with a 6-over 78. Still, he was the only Shocker to place in the top 10.
Seniors Rafael Becker and Hunter Sparks turned in top-20 performances, each tying for 17th place at 8-over par. Becker (72-74-78=224) and Sparks (71-77-76=224) shot 6-over and 4-over, respectively, on Tuesday.
Tyler Gann, competing as an individual, tied for 11th with a 5-over 221.
The Shockers were 4-over as a team after the first 36 holes and led Virginia Tech by seven strokes. The challenging Hermitage Country Club (6,955-yard, par-72) caught up to the Shockers on Tuesday, however, as WSU posted a +19 score. All five WSU golfers carded over-par marks.
Maryland's Sean Bosdosh claimed medalist honors with a 4-under par (70-71-71=212). Iowa State's Scott Fernandez (-2) and Long Beach State's Raymond Ho (-2) tied for second and were the only other individuals to produce scores under par.
The team will have several weeks off before returning to action on Monday, Oct. 15 at the University of Cal-Berkeley Alister Mackenzie Invitational. The fall season concludes a week later at the New Mexico St. Herb Wimberly Invitational.