Austin James Stretches NCAA Top Ten Streak To Seven

Austin James (File Photo - Scott MacLeod, Flagstick.com)
Austin James (File Photo - Scott MacLeod, Flagstick.com)
Austin James (File Photo – Scott MacLeod, Flagstick.com)

Seven. Top. Tens.

Let that sink in.

Balancing college classes with varsity golf is a challenge for the best players but Austin James of Bath, Ontario seems to be handling the dual roles quite well.

His consistency this year has been notable.

The Junior at Charleston Southern University completed play at the NCAA Wofford Coca-Cola Intercollegiate in Spartanburg, South Carolina on Tuesday at -10 (69, 69, 68) to finish in a share of second place.

Not only was it his seventh top-ten finish of the 2015/16 season, it represented his third top-three finish in a row. In anybody is ready for the upcoming conference championship, it would be young Mr. James, the former Canadian Junior Champion.

His score helped his team to a 4th place finish.

Quebec’s Vincent Blanchette took the individual title with a record score of -14. As another Eastern Ontario tie, Blanchette’s college placement consultant was Stephen Fritsch of Bytown Sports Consulting in Ottawa.

“A great performance by Austin this week,” CSU Director of Golf Mike Wilson said. ” He put himself in position to win, but Vincent (Blanchette) finished really strong. Jake (Ezell) had his best tournament of the spring and Clayton (Gregory) hung in there today after a couple of mistakes. All-in-all a better day today, we’ll get ready the next few days to win the conference championship.”

Austin’s ten under-par total was the third lowest score recorded in Charleston Southern team history.

He’ll try and carry that momentum into The Big South Conference which begins this Sunday.  His Buccaneers are the defending champions.