N.C. State tops Notre Dame in Kiawah Island

September 14th 2010 - Seems N.C. State will be just fine without former NCAA champion Matt Hill.

The Wolfpack closed with an even-par 288 Tuesday to win the Invitational at Kiawah. N.C. State, which finished the 2009-10 season No. 42 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, had six players finish inside the top 20 in the season-opening event at the Ocean Course in Kiawah Island, S.C.

The 54-hole victory was N.C. State’s first since the Hootie at Bulls Bay in Sept. 2007.

“This was our goal coming down to this tournament,” said senior Brandon Detweiler, who tied for 10th. “We knew we had a good chance to do well here and we accomplished our goal.”

N.C. State shot a three-round total of 9-over 873 to beat Notre Dame by six shots. College of Charleston (880) finished third and Coastal Carolina (844) was fourth on the Ocean Course, site of the 2012 PGA Championship.

Detweiler led the way for the Wolfpack, but juniors Mark McMillen and Graham Baillargeon and sophomore Michael Sutton each tied for 12th. N.C. State is playing this year without Hill, the 2009 NCAA champion, who decided to forgo his senior season and turn pro.

College of Charleston’s John Duke Hudson won the individual title, finishing at 2-under 214. He was the only player to finish under par. Notre Dame’s Niall Platt, UAB’s Jason Shufflebottam and Coastal Carolina’s Sebastian Soderberg tied for second at 217.

Freshman Sean Bosdosh, making his debut at Maryland, tied for sixth. N.C. State’s Albin Choi, the 2010 Canadian Amateur champion, tied for 18th in his college debut.

Information from the N.C. State athletics department was used in this report.