SOUTHPORT, N.C. -- The University of Delaware men’s golf team posted its lowest team sore of the weekend by firing a 305 on Sunday as the Blue Hens moved up one spot to finish in fifth place at the Colonial Athletic Association Championships.
The fifth place finish ties for Delaware’s highest during its 12 years in the conference, matching the Blue Hens’ fifth place finish during the 2006 CAA Championships. Delaware, which recorded a 309 team score on Friday and a 311 score on Saturday, finished with a three-round total of 925 during the weekend.
UNCW won the conference title with a three-round score of 888 and will advance to the NCAA Regionals. James Madison was second at 912, followed by William & Mary at 916, Drexel at 923, and the Blue Hens. Towson came in sixth place with a 929 score, while Hofstra finished seventh at 963.
Blue Hen senior captain Ben Conroy (at right) closed out his UD career with his lowest round of the spring season, carding an even par 72 on Sunday on the par 72, 7,069-yard Reserve Club course at St. James Plantation. Conroy led the Blue Hens by tying for 10th place in the individual standings after recording a 12 over par 76-80-72-228 during the weekend. Beginning on the 10th hole on Sunday, Conroy birdied 11, 16 and 17 during his even par back nine. Three pars and a birdie on three moved to him one under, while another birdie on seven again put him under par. Conroy then closed with a bogey and a par to finish his day at even par.
Freshman Braden Shattuck capped his outstanding rookie season with a 10 over par 82 on Sunday, finishing in a tie for 14th place with a 15 over par 74-75-82-231. Shattuck, who had finished among the top 10 in four straight tournaments prior to this weekend, posted birdies on two and three during his final round of the season.
Junior Dan Costenbader fired his second consecutive six over par round of 78 on Sunday, as he carded a 20 over par 80-78-78-236 at the tournament to finish in a tie for 20th place. Costenbader was four over par though 16 before a par and a birdie on 18 put him at three over through the back nine, while he added six pars to also finish the front nine at three over.
Freshman Kyle Martin posted the second lowest round by a Blue Hen on Sunday, firing a five over par 77 to finish in 27th place with a 25 over par 86-78-77-241. Martin was two over par through 13, but rebounded with four pars and a birdie on 17 to finish the back nine at one over. He then added six pars during his four over par front nine.
Sophomore Niño Rosal enjoyed his lowest round of the weekend on Sunday by carding a six over par 78 to finish 29th with a 27 over par 79-86-78-243. Rosal birdied 11 and 17 during his three over par back nine, before adding six pars in his three over front nine.
Payne McLeod of UNCW was the tournament champion as he posted a four-shot victory by carding a one under par 73-67-75-215 at the championship.
The tournament concludes the 2012-13 season for the Blue Hens, who posted six top-five finishes on the year while Shattuck was the individual champion at the Villanova Wildcat Invitational on Apr. 1-2.