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Fenasse Claims Swiss Amateur Championship
Golfer Mathieu Fenasse, a rising junior at Liberty, captured his second individual tournament victory in three months during this past weekend, winning the 2013 Swiss Amateur Championship by two strokes.
Fenasse, a native of Lias, France, carded a three-under par 213 (71-72-70) to win by two strokes over Michele Cea of Rome Italy, who finished with a one-under par 215 (67-75-73). Fenasse and Cea were the only two players in the field to finish under par at the Lausanne Golf Club in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Only four players were able to break par during the third and final round on Sunday, including Fenasse, who finished with a personal tournament-best two-under par 70.
A bogey at the par-four No. 7 hole dropped Fenasse back to level par for the championship. However, he closed with birdies on No. 9, 10 and 13 to seize the lead and claim victory.
In April, Fenasse had a similar closing run, winning the 2013 Big South Men's Golf Championship individual medalist honors by three strokes.
Fenasse finished off the conference championship event with a six-under par 66 to claim his first collegiate title with a five-under par 211 (75-70-66) at The Patriot Golf Club in Ninety Six, S.C., on April 23.
Fenasse had a breakout season for Liberty, spotlighted by his play during the spring and capturing his first-ever medalist honors.
He finished second on Liberty's roster with a 73.97 stroke average, which was aided by his strong play during the spring. After posting a 76.67 stroke average through the fall, Fenasse nearly trimmed his spring stroke average (72.91) down by four strokes per round (3.76 stroke per round improvement).
Fenasse was named to the Big South all-conference team, Big South all-championship team and the VaSID second-team all-state listing following his second year at Liberty.