April 5, 1998
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla.
The Florida State men's golf team fired a final-round team score of 290 to win the U.S. Collegiate Golf Championships at the World Golf Village. The Seminoles ended the tournament with a three-day total of 868 to finish eight strokes better than No. 2-ranked runner-up Oklahoma State and nine better than UNLV, the top-ranked team in the nation.
Senior George McNeill fired a 68 in Sunday's round to finish alone in third place. McNeill needed a birdie on the 18th hole to force a playoff, but was forced to settle for a bogie and a three-day total of four-under par 212. Nathan Bertsch entered the day two-under par and finished the tournament tied for 9th after a round fo 76. Senior Jason Pool ended on a strong note, carding a 71 on Sunday to finish tied for 15th with Miguel Del Angel of Texas A&M. Mark Monroe ended the day tied for 17th after a final-round 75. Barry Dyche rounded out the scoring for the Seminoles, finished tied for 21st at 224.
D.J. Brigman of New Mexico held off Charles Howell of Oklahoma State and McNeill to win medalist honors with a three-day total of 210.
The team title was the first tournament victory of the year for the Seminoles. The Tribe captured the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship last year and George McNeill captured medalist honors at the Tennessee Tournament of Champions last fall.
The Seminoles will return to action next week for the Billy Hitchcock Invitational in Auburn, Ala.
1. Florida State 286-292-290 868 2. Oklahoma State 289-297-290 876 3. UNLV 291-293-293 877 4. Arizona 297-294-290 881