PINEHURST, N.C. – NC State men’s golfer Maximilian Steinlechner posted a top-10 finish on the individual leaderboard to help NC State finish in sixth place at the Wake Forest Invitational played at Pinehurst No. 2.
Steinlechner was consistent through three rounds as he posted a three-round scorecard of 71-70-71 to finish in eighth place at two-over par for the tournament.
Brandon Einstein was next for the Pack in a tie for 18th place at six-over par. Einstein’s second round score of two-under par 68 as the best round by an NC State golfer in the tournament and the sixth-best round by a golfer in the tournament as only one competitor in the 66-player field finished with a three-round total below par.
Ethan Choi finished in 36th place at 10-over par. Choi fired rounds of 73 in the first and third rounds.
Michael La Sasso was next for the Pack in a tie for 39th place, one shot back of Choi. La Sasso shot rounds of 73 in the second and third round to close the event.
Carter Graf rounded out the NC State lineup in 63rd place.
Playing as an individual, Joey Lenane finished in a tie for 51st place.
UNCG won the event by 10 shots over Northwestern with Virginia finishing in third place, two shots back of the Wildcats. Tournament-host Wake Forest and Iowa finished in a tie for fourth, one shot back of the Cavaliers.
NC State finished ahead of ACC foes Duke and Clemson in the final standings.
SMU’s Nathan Petronzio won the individual title by three shots. Steinlechner was eighth in the final standings, but was the fourth-highest ACC finisher in a field that was made up of 66 golfers, including 34 from ACC schools.
NC State returns to action Sunday, March 12 when it begins play at the General Hackler Championship in Myrtle Beach.
NC State Lineup
8. Maximilian Steinlechner 71-70-71—212
T18. Brandon Einstein 73-68-75—216
T36. Ethan Choi 73-74-73—220
T39. Michael La Sasso 75-73-73—221
T51. Joey Lenane (i) 77-73-77—227
T63. Carter Graf 77-78-81—236
1. UNCG 287-277-286—850
2. Northwestern 294-280-286—860
3. Virginia …
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