LLOYD Jefferson Go fired a closing 75 for a three-stroke victory in the Big East Championship on Tuesday at at Callawassie Island Golf Club in South Carolina (Wednesday, Manila time).
The former Philippine Amateur Open champion out of Cebu Country Club completed a course record 65 in the weather-delayed second round and went on to fire three-over in the final 18 holes.
Go, who had an opening 70, had a six-under 210 total, becoming the third Seton Hall golfer to win the individual conference title after Mike Costigan in 1996 and Eugene Smith in 2000.
Sam Madsen was second after a closing 73 as Georgetown had an even-par 864 total to win the team title by 27 strokes over Xavier.
Seton wound up joint sixth at 901.
“The second round was amazing, I played great golf. I hit a lot of good shots and I also made a decent number of putts. I actually didn't know until I made my last putt that I broke the course record for the course,” said Go with a hearty laugh in an interview with Spin.ph just a few hours after his win.
Go's seven-under-par on the final day is the lowest single-round ever shot by a Seton Hall golfer at the competition.
“I'm pretty stoked that I was able to have the year I have this year. It's been a really good year! I was finally able to finish it with a win! I was pretty calm the whole time. I just tried to think about one shot at a time. I didn't think about it too much,” he added.
The victory is the second of the year for Go and gives him an automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals from May 16 to 18.
“I'm pretty excited for that. I don't know which site I'll be heading to but I'll know by Thursday morning. It will be nice to see how I will compete against the best collegiate players in the NCAA. It for sure will be a great experience,” said Go, who will be playing in the NCAA regionals for the first time.
Seton freshman Gen Nagai closed with a 73 for a 225 total and joint 14th place, Ryan Snouffer finished at 231, Chris Yeom at 235 and Kevin O’Brien at 242.