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Wake Forest Wins Tulane Invitational

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Courtesy of WakeForestSports.com
 
NEW ORLEANS, La. - The Wake Forest men's golf squad captured team champion honors at the Tulane Invitational on Tuesday. The Deacons, who trailed SMU by one stroke heading into Tuesday's final round, shot a 1-over-par 289 to finish 10-over for the tournament, one stroke ahead of the Mustangs.
 
The tournament victory is Wake Forest's third of the season. The Deacs have not won three tournaments in one year since the 1995-96 campaign.
 
Junior Bill Haas of Greer, S.C., won individual medalist honors for the fifth time in his career and third time this season. Haas shot a one-over 73 on Tuesday, but owned a seven-stroke lead going into the final round. He finished with a 6-under 210 for the tournament (69-68-73), three strokes ahead of second-place Nicholas Loar of SMU.
 
Wake Forest's team victory was paced by impressive individual showings, as four Demon Deacons finished among the top 10 on the leaderboard. Senior Chad Wilfong (Thomasville, N.C.) made the biggest move of the day, jumping from 14th to seventh with a final round 70. He finished with a 4-over 220 for the event (73-77-70).
 
A pair of Deacs finished tied for 10th, as senior Brent Wanner (Chatham, Mass.) and freshman Kyle Reifers (Dublin, Ohio) both ended up at 6-over 222. Wanner turned in an even 72 on Tuesday to go with a pair of 75s, while Reifers carded rounds of 75-73-74 during the event.
 
Another WFU rookie, Alex Yates (Winston-Salem, N.C), remained in 41st place with a +21 237, carding a 77 on Tuesday to go with earlier scores of 78-82.
 
Wake Forest competes in one more tournament this month, heading to Sawgrass Country Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. for the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Feb. 17-18.
 
Tulane Invitational
English Turn Golf & CC
par 72 * 7,078 yards
1 Wake Forest 292 293 289 874 +10
2 SMU 292 292 291 875 +11
3 Southern Miss 302 296 291 889 +25
4 East Tenn. St. 301 297 295 893 +29
5 Tennessee 308 294 296 898 +34
6 South Carolina 301 308 290 899 +35
7 Southeastern La. 301 298 304 903 +39
8 Tulane 309 303 298 910 +46
9 New Orleans 322 301 305 928 +64
 

Wake Forest Results
1 Bill Haas 69 68 73 210 -6
t7 Chad Wilfong 73 77 70 220 +4
t10 Brent Wanner 75 75 73 222 +6
t10 Kyle Reifers 75 73 74 222 +6
t41 Alex Yates 78 82 77 237 +21