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October 3, 2023 11:23 am

Ronnberg ties for ninth, Trojans finish seventh in men’s golf event

ORLANDO, Fla. – University of Mount Olive freshman Rasmus Ronnberg tied for ninth overall Nov. 1 at the McDonough Cup, which was hosted by Rollins with the event being played at Rio Pinar Country Club.

The Trojans finished seventh in the team standings at the event with an 18-over 882 (300-287-295). The host Tars won the tournament by 19 strokes with a stunning 14-under 850 (279-288-283) after firing the two lowest rounds of the competition. Flagler placed second at five-over 869 (288-287-294), and Embry-Riddle finished one stroke back in third with a six-over 870 (290-287-293).

Ronnberg carded an even-par 216 (74-73-69) and was one of 12 golfers in the field to shoot even-par or better at the two-day event. He tied for fourth among individual players with 39 pars while playing the par-four holes at a combined one-under. Ronnberg matched a career-low round with a three-under 69 on the final day after opening play with an eagle on the par-five first hole before tallying three birdies on the back-nine. He registered the best finish of his career and his first top-10 performance after playing in just three events.

Sophomore Gabriel Ekholm made his first appearance of the fall season and tied for 16th place with a two-over 218 (74-70-74). He tied for 10th in the field with 38 pars made and set a new career-best round with a two-under 70 after sinking five birdies during the second round. Freshman Jonas Arnstrom Bakker tied for 33rd overall after leading the team with eight birdies and firing an eight-over 224 (76-73-75).

Freshman Max Lindblad tied for 38th place after posting a nine-over 225 (76-71-78). He finished with 32 pars and seven birdies while playing the par-three holes at a combined two-under. Fellow freshman Matthew Richardson finished 52nd overall on the individual leaderboard with a 15-over 231 (76-78-77) after totaling 28 pars and seven birdies in Florida.

Senior Warut Wongrungroj of Rollins cruised to medalist honors by nine strokes with an incredible 11-under 205 (64-72-69) after collecting 15 birdies, plus one eagle.

— From University of Mount Olive Athletics