Senior Alex Carpenter stole the spring break spotlight by winning his 18th career individual medalist title and breaking a course record in the process.
Carpenter shot a 63 to break the Mission Viejo Country Club record in route to a five shot comeback at the Southern California Intercollegiate.
“Sixty-three was the lowest I’ve shot while playing an ACU tournament and that round actually broke the course record by four shots,” Carpenter said. “I have shot a 61 before actually and that is my lowest round. I have 18 wins now, and my goal is to get to 20 before I graduate.”
Despite shooting the first two rounds above par, Carpenter finished with a flurry of birdies and won by five strokes, posting a 6-under-par-207 for the weekend. Carpenter had several stellar holes, including a pair of eagles to go along with his 16 birdies.
“It was pretty neat shooting such a low score on such a tough track,” Carpenter said. “I was glad to be able to help out the team and lea us to a strong finish at a big event like that.”
The fifth ranked ACU golf team finished in fourth place overall as a team with a total of 907 strokes, 16 strokes off the pace set by Cal State Stansiaus.
Two other Wildcats finished in the top 25 along with Carpenter. Corbin Renner finished in 19th place at 229 strokes, and Ian Evans tied for 24th after posting a 232.
“Corbin has had a great start to the year,” head coach Mike Campbell said. “He has won a tournament and is ranked in the thirties individually in the nation. I have confidence in all those guys and they played well. That is the hardest course that we will play all year.”
ACU will be back in action when they play in the Arkansas Little Rock/First Tee Classic at Chenal Country Club on March 25-26 in Little Rock Ark.
“It will be fun to be able to go home and play an event at my home course where I grew up,” Carpenter said. “I have a lot of good memories there.”