Uselton Shines at the OVC Championship

Jack Uselton
Jack Uselton

MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. – Led by Jack Uselton winning Co-Individual Medalist honors, the Belmont men's golf team tied for third place at the OVC Championship held this week on the Fighting Joe Course at the RTJ Golf Trail at The Shoals in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

The Bruins saved their best for last as they carded an even par 288 in the final round to finish in a tie for third place with Morehead State at 882.  They finished seven shots behind champion Jacksonville State and two back of second place Eastern Kentucky.  Their 288 score was the lowest by any team during Wednesday's final round.  

Freshman Jack Uselton had a history making day as a first-year Bruin.  The Tullahoma, Tennessee native carded a magnificent final round 69 to finish with a 54-hole score of 216 to share Individual Medalist honors with Nick Wilkins of Morehead State.  To determine the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship, a three-hole playoff was contested between the two golfers.  In the playoff, Uselton bogeyed two of three holes, while Wilkins parred all three to win the playoff and clinch the automatic berth.  By sharing the title, Jack is the first Belmont golfer male or female to earn medalist honors at a conference championship int he Division I era and the first BU men's golfer to win an individual title since Ashton Van Horne in 2016.

Fellow freshman Evan Davis posted a one under par 71 to finish in a tie for fifth place at 219.  He had three birdies and two bogeys on the day.  His fifth place was a career best for the Lexington, Kentucky native.

For their efforts, Uselton and Davis earned spots on the OVC All-Tournament team. 

Junior Daniel Booker also posted a top-20 finish.  He shot a 74 on Wednesday to finish in a tie for 19th place at 223.  It was his fourth top-20 finish of the season.

Sophomore Nate Thomson tied for 31st place at 224, while senior Logan Matthews, in his final event as a Bruin, finished in a tie for 37th at 231.

This tournament ends the season for the Bruins.  In 12 events, they had nine top-10 finishes.  

NOTES

  • This marks the first time in the Division I era that two Belmont golfers finished in the top-five at a conference championship.
  • Uselton's round of 69 was oonly one of two rounds in the 60s during the final round on Wednesday.  Will Sallee of EKU also posted a 69 in the final round.
  • It was the team's best finish at an OVC Championship since 2015 when they tied for second place. 
  • This was the best team finish by the Bruins during the 2017-18 season.  

 

 

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