GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNCG sophomore men's golfer Taylor Coalson (Dobson, N.C./North Surry) won the prestigious Cardinal Amateur by an astounding five strokes at the Sedgefield Country Club, pulling away from the field in the first round and holding the lead throughout the 54-hole event.
Coalson finished the 54-hole event with a 4-under par 206 (65-71-70), becoming the only player in the 78-person field to post an under par score besting Eric Brady (1-over) by five strokes for the easy victory. Through the 54-hole event, he recorded 14 birdies and one eagle in the impressive showing.
Coalson took the lead over from the very beginning as he posted a weekend-low first round score of 5-under par 65 Friday. He tallied seven birdies on the round, including three straight from holes No. 13-15 to go 6-under par at that point. He finished with just his second bogey of the afternoon on hole No. 17 but had command of the tournament from that point forward.
Coalson maintained the five-stroke lead over the final 36 holes as he was 1-over par 71 Saturday and was even-par 70 Sunday. His highlight Saturday was an eagle-2 on the par four seventh hole while Sunday he opened with three consecutive birdies on holes No. 3-5.
The Spartans also had four other particpants in the Cardinal Amateur this year. Freshman Carter Jenkins (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville Road) placed in 32nd with a 223 (74-74-75) while junior Alex Ehlert(Raleigh, N.C./Athens Drive) posted a 224 (70-79-75) to finish 34th. Additionally, redshirt freshman Will Thomas (Raleigh, N.C./Green Hope) finished with a 258 while classmate Grayson Murray(Raleigh, N.C./Leesville Road) had to withdraw due to an injury.