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Ferrum College finishes fifth in VSGA State Intercollegiate
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Ferrum College junior Scott Obenshain studies his putt on the 17th hole during opening-round play Saturday in the Virginia State Golf Association (VSGA) Virginia State Intercollegiate golf tournament at Danville Golf Club. (Staff Photo by Steven Marsh)
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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

DANVILLE -- A closing round 311 score took Ferrum College's men's golf team out of championship contention in the 64th Virginia Intercollegiate Championship contested Saturday and Sunday at Danville Golf Club.

The Panthers (300-311, 611) finished fifth in the 11-team tournament, 26 strokes in arrears to winner Averett University.

Averett (295-290, 585), which posted two sub 300 totals, and Ferrum were the only Virginia schools from the USA South Athletic Conference in the field.

The Virginia Intercollegiate is the oldest tournament of its type, according to the Virginia State Golf Association (VSGA). The field is comprised entirely of NCAA Division III schools.

The Panthers, who captured the tournament championship in 1993 and 1995, trailed the Cougars by five strokes heading into Sunday's final round.

Freshman Keegan Howver paced Ferrum on Saturday with a 4-over-par 74 and the Panthers also counted a pair of 75s by junior Scott Obenshain and senior Erick Cox and a 76 by junior Jacob Hardy.

On Sunday, Obenshain and Grayson Gibson, a junior, were the only Ferrum golfers to cut strokes off of their first-round scores.

Obenshain finished carded a second-round 73 to finish in a four-way tie for seventh at 148.

Howver fired a 79 for a 153 and finished in a two-way deadlock for 21st, while Gibson (81-76, 157) tied for 28th, Cox (75-83, 158) tied for 30th and Hardy (76-90, 166) tied for 45th.

Averett bested defending champion Bridgewater College (303-295, 598) by 13 strokes, while Randolph-Macon College (304-298, 602) and Hampden-

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