JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. - The LaGrange golf team roared back in the final holes Sunday to win its second straight Jekyll Island Collegiate Invitational tournament at the Pine Lakes Golf Club.
The Panthers made up an eight-shot deficit over the last four holes to win by four strokes over top-ranked and defending national champion Methodist and Rhodes.
"We have had some big wins but none that were as thrilling as this one. This was a huge win win for our program in one of the biggest tournaments outside nationals," Coach Lee Richter said. "I preach to the team to never give up because you just don't know what will happen."
The Panthers had three golfers shoot below par Sunday. Junior Anthony Scolapio shot a career-best 3-under par 69, followed by fellow junior Logan Lanier with a 70 and senior Alex Ball with a 71. Lanier finished one shot back of Rhodes' Joey Mayo in the individual standings. Eric Havixbeck (74) and Osborn Theam (76) rounded the Panthers' scoring.
The Panthers started the day in third, five shots back of second round leader Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. The Panthers teed off on the more difficult front nine. They made only three birdies on the front side and headed to the final nine holes one-over par for the day.
Methodist started its day in seventh place and playing the back nine. The Monarchs surged into first place with 16 birdies and were 10-under par on the round through nine holes.
While Methodist was playing its final four holes 2-over par, the Panthers began their charge. Over the last four holes the Panthers posted 12 birdies against only three bogeys to overtake the Monarchs.
The Panthers were paired up with Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, second place Christopher Newport, and fourth place Emory in the final round. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps finished fourth, while Christopher Newport and Emory tied for fifth.
"This could not come at a better time for us," Richter said. "We played so-so at Callaway last week, and to come back and take down a lot of good teams today gives us a real boost."