MORGANTON, N.C. -- A 1-over-par 71 from freshman Ashton Radvansky highlighted Bucknell's final round at the Donald Ross Intercollegiate, hosted by Appalachian State at Mimosa Hills Golf and Country Club. The Bison finished off a solid week with a team score of 293, and their 874 total over 54 holes was good for ninth place in a mostly Southern field of 13 teams.
Bucknell posted rounds of 295 and a season-best 286 on Monday, and the final round began Tuesday morning with junior D.J. Magee in contention for the individual title at 1-under through 36 holes. Magee closed with a 76 but still accomplished a top-20 finish (T-19th). His 215 total was a career best for 54 holes, and his second-round 68 was also a personal best.
Radvansky made three birdies, 12 pars, two bogeys and a double-bogey in his final round. Junior Zachary Melnick made 15 pars in a 3-over 73, and freshman Connor O'Brien parred his first nine holes of the day before finishing with a 73.
Freshman Jubal Early, who fired a 68 in the second round, closed with a 76 to finish as Bucknell's No. 2 man for the week with a 220 total.
Jacksonville and Gardner-Webb had quite the battle for the team title. The Dolphins were the 36-hole leaders, but they had to hold on to win by one shot. Gardner-Webb posted a final-round 2-under 278, but its 846 total was one more than Jacksonville's 845. Appalachian State finished third at 850.
Bucknell finished one shot behind Stetson for eighth place and three ahead of 10th-place Texas-Arlington.
David Wicks and Franck Medale of Jacksonville and Jeremy Grab of Wofford all finished at the top of the individual leaderboard at 3-under 207. Jared Nicolls of Stetson closed with a 66 and was one of three players to finish at 208.
Bucknell has one more fall tournament remaining, the Lehigh Invitational this Friday and Saturday at Saucon Valley Country Club.