Manuel tabbed USA South Golfer of the Week behind MC record

Manuel tabbed USA South Golfer of the Week behind MC record

Maryville College's Wil Manuel was named the USA South Athletic Conference Golfer of the Week, as the senior tied the MC record with a seven-under 209.

Manuel shot back-to-back four-under 68s during the first day of the Rhodes College Spring Invitational, before a one-over 73 earned him a third-place finish.

He faced 90 NCAA Division III competitors in the event, as his seven-under ties Trey Bridwell's 209 from the 2011 Jeykll Island Collegiate Invitational.

"Wil had a great tournament," Head Coach Ron Waters said. "It's something that has been in the making for a long time. He's worked really hard on his game, and I think he finally started to reach his peak last week. He played great the first two days. The back-to-back 68s on the first two days were awesome, but even the third day, he played really, really well. He just got beat by a guy that shot a 66. We're really proud of what he's done, not just this week, but throughout his career. He's a hard worker, and he's done things the right way. We're really proud of him."

His pair of 68s tie as the fourth-best round in school history, as his 36-hole 136 ties teammate Tyler Bray for the lowest 36-hole score in MC's program history. His eight-under mark breaks the previous versus par score by two strokes.

Manuel has eight Maryville College record to his credit while wearing the Orange and Garnet.

"It's a guy that has worked really hard," Waters said. "I've said all along that Wil is one of the hardest workers I've ever known. He's a guy that wants to be good, probably as much as anyone I've ever been around. He's done it the right way. He's put in the time, and he's put in the effort. He's coachable, and it's a great accomplishment for him."

Aside from his three records tied or broken during the Rhodes College Classic, the Chattanooga, Tenn. native also broke his own record. Manuel tallied his fourth Eagle of the 2018-19 campaign on the 486-yard, par-five 14th, as he broke his previous mark of three during the 2015-16 season.

The Eagle extends his MC career record to 11 – six more than the nearest competitor.

Manuel posted 11 birdies during the event, as he ranks he extends his career birdies record to 169 total – 43 more than the nearest Scot. Those 11 bring his 2018-19 total to 58, as he ranks second behind Bridwell's 80 from 2010-11.

The Chattanooga Christian product's pair of 68s ties him for fourth all-time with eight par or better rounds, as he holds the Counting Score record by 17 with 75. His 82 career rounds also ranks as an MC record – 11 more than Nik Kalolo's previous mark.

The senior standout was also nominated for Maryville College's top honor last week – the J.D. Davis Award.

Manuel has wrapped up his final regular season as a Scot, as he looks to lead Maryville College into the USA South Athletic Conference Tournament this weekend.

"It's a great time to be playing your best golf," Waters said. "You need to be playing your best when it matters the most. That's the case. Hopefully, that's just starting to peak, and he'll be playing at that level this weekend."

Maryville College will open play on Thursday, April 25 at the Highlands Country Club in LaGrange, Ga. The second and third rounds will take place on the same course, Friday and Saturday, April 26-27.