CHAMPS: Toone, @UTTylerMensGolf wins The Gordin Classic

Monday, October 2, 2017

DELAWARE, Ohio – UT Tyler’s George Toone shot 2-under-par to win The Gordin Collegiate Classic and Sam Hill was 1-over to finish as the tournament’s runner-up as the pair of seniors led the No. 1-ranked Patriots to their 50th victory in program history on Monday at the Delaware Golf Club.  

Toone, a returning all-American from England, won his first tournament since his freshman year when he won the Rhodes College Classic on Sept. 15, 2014. He opened this week’s tournament by recording a program-record 64 (7-under) on Sunday and finished the 54-hole event with a 64-77-70 – 211. Hill shot a 71-72-71 –214 for the second runner-up finish of his UT Tyler career and his third top-10 result to start the season. Toone finished the tournament with 17 birdies, eight coming in the first round, and six in the final to become the 10th Patriot to win more than one tournament in their career. The 211 total matches the fourth best low 54-hole total in program history with Chapman Herwood owning the record of 208 from the 2015 American Southwest Conference Championship and Toone second with a 209 at last year’s conference tournament.

Tyler Uhlig shot 80-68-71 – 219 for 14th overall, while Trystan Perkins finished with a scorecard of 78-72-81 – 231 and DJ Godoy a final total of 76-79-78 – 233 on Monday. The Patriots led the tournament with 51 birdies during the three rounds and was 4-under on par 5s.

UT Tyler won the team total with a 289-289-290 – 868 with Greensboro coming in second at 297-293-288 – 878 and Huntingdon and Illinois Wesleyan tied for third at 882. Toone and Hill were both named to the The Gordin Classic All-Tournament team for their performances.

“I’m really proud of how we competed hard on a difficult golf course,” UT Tyler coach Michael McMunn said. “We made a few mistakes, but all are fixable. George played really well for us this week and I’m definitely not surprised. He’s more than capable of that performance, as are all of these guys. But it’s always really cool to set a course record with a 64.”

The 50th win in program history comes in the third tournament of the 14th season and the 125th competition. UT Tyler, which won the 2013 NCAA Division III National Championship has won at least two tournaments in every season they’ve played, including setting the program record with seven wins in the 2009-10 season. The 2017 Patriots won their first tournament last week at the Tournament Town Preview in Greensboro, North Carolina and will go for their third in two weeks when they travel to Florida to compete in the Golfweek Fall Invitational from Oct. 15-17 in Sandestin.