Longwood’s LaRue secures second top five finish

Published 3:34 pm Thursday, September 28, 2023

NASHPORT, Ohio – Justin LaRue continued his strong start to the season with his second top five finish of the year.

He finished tied for fourth in the 88-player field. His work helped the Lancers hold onto seventh out of 17 teams to wrap up the third and final round at the Virtues Intercollegiate on Tuesday afternoon. Longwood was five strokes back from second place.

SCORING:

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The Virtues Intercollegiate

The Virtues Golf Club

Par 72, 7,243 Yards

Team

7. Longwood: 290-282- 286—858 (-6)

Individual

T4. Justin LaRue: 72-67- 69—208 (-8)

T12. Nick Rakes: 66-72- 74—212 (-4)

T62. Daniel George: 72- 77-76—225 (+9)

T62. Matthew Lyons: 80-72-73—225 (+9)

88. Scott Jordan: DQ- 71-70—141 (-3)

HOW IT HAPPENED:

LaRue picked up where he left off after round two with the team’s best score in the third and final round. He carded five birdies on the day, and he averaged a score at par or better on Par 3s, 4s and 5s throughout the three rounds.

In addition, LaRue finished the tournament with 15 birdies, which tied for the second most in the field. He helped Longwood lead the field in Par 3 scoring, as the Lancers posted the best average score on Par 3s at 3.09.

Scott Jordan capped off a strong final two rounds with a two-under 70. He ripped off six birdies over the course of the day, including four straight from holes 7-10.

Lyons followed up his 72 to close yesterday with a one-over 73 to move up into a tie for 62nd.

Nick Rakes closed out the tournament tied for 12th with a final round 74, and he finished the tournament tied for sixth with 14 birdies.

Daniel George finished tied for 62nd with Matthew Lyons after a 76 in the final round.

WHAT THEY SAID:

“We played really well for a long time,” said Longwood Head Coach Kevin Fillman. “It’s a shame we let it go a bit at the end. The closing holes are definitely tough, especially in wind and rain, but the way we played them made them even more difficult. There’s a lot of woulda, shoulda, couldas that we can walk away from this event thinking about, but I want the focus to be on all the good golf we played the vast majority of the time. There are certainly some things we need to get back home and work on over the next couple weeks, but, overall, I thought we executed a lot of quality shots at times when we really needed to do so.

UP NEXT:

Longwood has the next two weeks off before heading out to the Phoenix Invitational, hosted by Elon University, at the Alamance Country Club in Burlington, North Carolina on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 16-17.