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@BCUgolf Men Finish Third at Charleston Shootout

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HOLLYWOOD, S.C. - The Bethune-Cookman men's golf team finished third overall at this year's Charleston Shootout at The Links at Stono Ferry in Hollywood, S.C. The College of Charleston served as host for the tournament.

Bethune-Cookman freshman Leon Fricker, a native of Ivybridge, England, led the Wildcats' scoring with a one-over, 217. That allowed Fricker to tie for fourth place overall in a field that saw numerous top-150 golfers in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings. For Fricker, the younger brother of B-CU golfer Ryan Fricker, the fourth place finish served as his second top-five appearance of the season, claiming the individual trophy at the Stetson/CFSC Invitational in the fall.

B-CU junior Emmanuel Petrich, a native of Grand Blanc, Mich., picked up his third top-15 finish on the campaign, firing a three-round score of five-over, 221 to finish tied for 13th in the tournament field.

As a team, B-CU shot 890 overall, finishing just nine strokes off the lead. USC Upstate took home the team trophy with an 881, followed by Sam Houston State (886). Both Charleston Southern (894) and Fairleigh Dickinson (898) rounded out the top-five teams.

Other B-CU Wildcats golfers included Ryan Fricker finishing tied for 35th and firing a 227 (+11), as well as JaMichael Jones (+17, 233) and Matthew McKnight (+30, 246).

Senior Alex Clapp, playing as an individual, did not finish the event, but shot a second-round four-over, 76 before withdrawing prior to the third round on Tuesday.

Easton Renwick of Coastal Carolina won the individual trophy after three holes of playoff competition, surpassing John Duke Hudson (College of Charleston) and Hayden Garrett (Clemson), respectively. All three golfers finished the tournament with an even-par, 216 score card.

Tuesday's play began with golfers finishing the second round which was suspended on Monday evening due to darkness.

One of the highlights of the tournament came from Fairleigh Dickinson's Eduardo Escobar who registered a hole-in-one on the 173-yard par-3 second hole with a 6-iron.

Bethune-Cookman men's golf will next hit the links when traveling to the Butler Invitational on March 10-12 in Jacksonville, Fla.

For news and results on the B-CU men's golf team, log on to and follow the team (@BCUgolf) on Twitter. You can join the conversation with the hashtag, #bcugolf. Make sure to "Like Us" on Facebook at Bethune-Cookman Athletics.

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