CAPE CHARLES, VA-Shortly after being ranked number one in the nation according to Golfstat Division III Relative Rankings and the Nike/Golf World Division III Coaches' poll, Guilford College won the ODAC Championship at the Bay Creek Resort, shooting 897. Bridgewater finished second, 13 strokes behind with a 910. Hampden-Sydney completed a top-three finish, shooting 924 as a team.
In addition, junior Ronnie Fultz (Martinsville, VA/Carlisle) and freshman Rick O'Connell (Goochland, VA/Goochland) earned Second Team All-ODAC honors, while senior Mike Dowd (Richmond, VA/Collegiate) earned Honorable Mention accolades.
Fultz, a three-time All-ODAC honoree and 2009 Rookie of the Year, led the Tigers throughout the three day event shooting nine over par with a 225. His scores placed him fifth overall individually, and nine strokes off of Bridgewater's Mike Redwood, the overall winner.
Following closely was freshman George Whiting (Charlotte, NC/Myers Park)who finished seventh overall and 12 over par. He shot scores of 76, 74 and 78. Dowd, an Honorable Mention selection, came in third for the Tigers and 20th overall, with a 237 overall via a 75-81-81.
Also tied for 20th was one of the Tigers' All-ODAC selection. O'Connell's 81-80-76 also placed him in 20th overall with a 237.
Rounding out play for Hampden-Sydney was sophomore Sean Gatz (Newport News, VA/Menchville)whose 242 (82-82-78) was good enough for 26th.
Guilford College swept the Player, Coach and Rookie of the Year awards with Noah Ratner, Corey Maggard, and Alex Wise taking home the respective honors. Mike Redwood of Bridgewater was named the ODAC/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Ted Keller Sportsman of the Year.
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