PINEHURST, N.C. – Clayton Tribus picked a historic venue for his first collegiate victory Sunday.
The Madison native and Davidson College freshman also chose emphatic for the manner in which he triggered a banner day for the Wildcats, who rolled to a 29-stroke victory at the 2019 Pinehurst Intercollegiate on the 6,937-yard Pinehurst No. 8 layout.
Armed with a five-stroke lead to start the day, Tribus birdied his first three holes and shot a final-round 71 to win with a 3-under-par 210 total, making Tribus the only one in the 87-golfer field to finish under par. After opening with a season-low 67, he shot 72-71 and finished three strokes ahead of teammate Viraj Garewal, who shot 69 to finish at even-par 213.
Tribus, who played golf at Madison Edgewood as a freshman before finishing his high school career at IMG Academy in Florida, had five birdies and five bogeys in the final round. His previous career-best came last September in his collegiate debut with a tie for 12th place competing as an individual at the Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational in Huntington, W. Va. He had not finished better than 22nd in five starts (one as an individual) since.
Like Tribus, the Wildcats (285-287-287 — 859) led from start-to-finish as they posted their third victory in their last nine tournaments dating to last season. All five Davidson golfers finished in the top 11 for the Wildcats, the defending Atlantic 10 Conference champion.
"I'm really proud of the guys and how they performed and battled through really tough playing conditions this weekend," said Wildcats coach Tim Straub, whose team posted the largest margin of victory in school history.
Davidson will enjoy a two-week break before returning to tournament action at the Furman Collegiate, which is March 22 through 24.