Wendell native Brian Denton’s collegiate career on the Wingate University men’s golf team ended as he carded an even-par 72 on the final day of the NCAA South-Southeast Super Regional Tournament on April 8.
The Bulldog senior sunk four birdies in the final round to stay even for the day and finish with a three-day score of 233, good for a tie for 28th in the event held at the Mission Inn Resort & Club in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. The Super Regional was hosted by the Sunshine State Conference and the Central Florida Sports Commission.
Denton’s closing 72 matched his first round on the El Campeon course. He shot 79 in the second round.
Denton began the final round on the back nine, where he capitalized on three birdie putts and posted a two-under-par 35. He came in with a two-over 37 on the front.
“This was an amazing week, even though it didn’t end like I wanted,” Denton said. “(The final round) went well – only a few bad swings. I wish I could have gotten the second day in the red.”
Denton was Wingate’s team MVP of a season highlighted by his first-place finish in the 13th annual J. Ralph Hargett Memorial Intercollegiate tournament. He carded 74-70 to win the event, hosted by the Bulldogs March 25-26, by three strokes. Later that same week, Denton shot a 54-hole total of 217 and finished second in the UNCP/Campbell Oil Classic.
His pre-NCAA season concluded with a scorecard that read 74-76-70 for a three-day total of 220 and a fourth-place finish in the Food Lion SAC tournament, held April 14-16.
Denton’s best round of the season – a 68 – came in the second round of the Myrtle Beach Intercollegiate, held Oct. 1-2, 2012, on the Jones Course at Sea Trail Golf Links. He tied for second in that event with a two-day total of 138.