Third Round Push Nets SE Fifth at GAC Tourney

Southeastern fired the lowest third-round score of the day and the second lowest round of the entire tournament, carding a final round 288 as a team to make one final push and finish fifth at the Great American Conference Championship in Hot Springs, Ark., with a three-round score of 907.

The Savage Storm were in eighth after the first round and moved up one spot in the second after rounds of 312 and 307, respectively.

The 288 on the final day was six strokes better than any other team round on Tuesday, while it was just one stroke behind the best team round of the event which was a 287 posted by East Central on Monday.

SE charged back as a team with none of the five golfers posting scores higher than 76 on Tuesday.

That charge was led by the duo of Marcos Sevilla Suarez and Robert Perry who posted matching 69's in the final round, with Suarez posting the Storm's best individual finish for the event in a tie for 13th, while Perry was right behind in 16th. Their final rounds were the best marks for the third round.

Suarez finished with a three-round tally of 224, just two shots ahead of Perry's 226.

Jeff Hunter returned to his day one form, posting a final round 74 to finish with a mark of 227 in a tie for 17th.

Greyden Blevins and Matt McIntosh each carded final round scores of 76, with Blevins finishing in a tie for 23rd on a three-round 231, with McIntosh seven shots back in a tie for 40th with a 238.

Every SE golfer improved their score from the second to the third rounds.

The Storm climbed into the top five with the final day push, finishing 16 shots behind tourney champion Arkansas Tech who just edged out Southwestern Oklahoma State by one stroke.

East Central finished third with a 902, followed by Henderson State who was one shot ahead of SE at 906.

The Storm finished three shots up on Harding in sixth, with Southern Nazarene in seventh at 914 and Arkansas-Monticello in eighth at 928.

Southern Arkansas, Ouachita Baptist and Northwestern Oklahoma State rounded out the teams in the event.

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