COLLE GOLF: Keiser ties for second in USA South tournament | Sports

Ferrum College sophomore is named to the all-tournament team and claims first-team all-conference accolades.

LAGRANGE, Ga. – Ferrum College sophomore Lance Kesier carded three rounds in the 70s and finished in a tie for second place in the USA South Athletic Conference golf tournament, which completed 54 holes of stroke play competition Saturday at Highland Country Club.

Kesier, who posted rounds of 72, 73 and 71, tied with Juan de Giacomi (72-75-69) of North Carolina Wesleyan College for second place at 216 in a 48-player field, two shots in arrears to conference individual champion Grady Anderson of N.C. Wesleyan (68-73-73, 214).

Anderson was the only golfer to play better than par. Keiser and de Giacomi were even.

The play of Anderson and deGiacomi propelled the Bishops (294-305-293, 892) to the team championship, their first since 1973.

Multi-time conference champion Methodist (N.C.) University (289-299-306, 894) came in second, followed by Huntingdon (Ala.) College (295-297-304, 896), LaGrange (Ga.) College (302-302-298, 902), Maryville (Tenn.) College (302-299-308, 909), Greensboro (N.C.) College (307-298-313, 918), Ferrum (312-311-298, 921), Piedmont (Ga.) College (307-315-316, 938) and Averett University (320-322-320, 962).

Seven of the nine qualifying teams were ranked in the top 50 in Division III by Golfstat as of April and four of those seven squads were listed among the top 20.

Anderson, de Giacomi, Keiser, Stephen Shephard of Huntington (fourth place) and Scott Campbell of Greensboro, Jared Chinn of Methodist and Garrett Compliment of Maryville, all of whom tied for fifth, made the all-tournament team.

Keiser was fifth on the leaderboard after the opening round and at the end of the second round, he had advanced to fourth.

Keiser’s finish is the best by a Ferrum golfer since 1994 when former Panthers star Matt Jordan captured the individual championship.

Keiser’s showing comes in Ferrum’s final year in the USA South, its conference home since the 1988-89 season. Next fall, Ferrum makes its debut in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC).

Now, Keiser must wait and see if he is awarded an at-large individual qualifying berth in the NCAA Division III national championships, which are being contested in Greensboro next month.

Ferrum senior Landon Prillaman, a former Franklin County prep standout, completed his college career by finishing in a tie for 29th at 235 (79-81-75).

Also for Ferrum, freshman Hunter Shelton was tied for 31st at 236 (81-79-76) and Drew Lagan (83-78-76, 237) and Damian Beasley (80-82-79, 241) came in 33rd and 38th.

CHIP SHOTS: Keiser has earned first-team all-conference laurels for the 2017-18 season.

Keiser entered the league’s postseason tournament with a 72 strokes-per-round average: 1,152 strokes over 16 rounds this season. He had three top five and five top 10 finishes to his credit.

Receiving top individual awards were Chris Drysdale (Player of the Year) and Steve Conley (Coach of the Year) of Methodist and Tyler Bray (Rookie of the Year) of Maryville.

Five players received first-team laurels. Five players were second-team honorees and four garnered honorable mention citations.

Beasley is Ferrum’s representative on the 14-player All-Sportsmanship team.

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