PBC Men's Golf Update - Oct. 26
UNC Pembroke Dominates at Laker
HAMPTON, Ga. – Senior Jordan Walor carded a tournament-low 68 in the third round to capture his second individual medalist honors of the season and lead the UNCP men's golf team to the team championship at the Clayton State-hosted Laker Collegiate Invitational at the par-72, 7,202-yard Crystal Lake Golf & Country Club in Hampton, Ga., on Tuesday afternoon. Georgia Southwestern finished second while Armstrong Atlantic State was fifth, Lander tied for sixth and the host Clayton State Lakers eighth.
All five Braves shot 75 or better on the final day, including Carson Lanier (73-73-71/217) and Scott Lambert (73-71-73/217) who finished in a tie for fourth with notable final rounds. Jonathan McCurry (75-75-72/222) bested his first two rounds with an even-par 72 in Tuesday's final round, while Ian Locklear (73-75-75/223) registered a season-best three-round total to settle into a tie for 14th in the field of 22.
The result gave Walor the eighth individual championship of his career and the first since taking top honors at the Honda of Columbia Fall Classic in mid-September. All five competing members of the team donned the pink golf shirts on Tuesday in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
UNCP (288-292-284/864) finished at even par for the two-day, three-round event and easily out-distanced the rest of the field with a collective 284 in Tuesday's round.
For Georgia Southwestern, junior J.P. Griffin, junior Nate Gahman and senior Craig Gibson tied for sixth place in the 48-player field with each firing a 2-over par 218..
The Hurricanes stumbled out of the gate early in Hampton with a 304 first round on Monday morning, but responded well in the afternoon with a 287. GSW jumped from a sixth-place tie to second place by the end of the first day. On Tuesday, Southwestern was unable to gain ground on the leader, UNC Pembroke, but distanced itself from the rest of the field for a firm second.
Griffin and Gahman saved their best golf for Tuesday's round combining to shoot 6-under. Gibson came in with a 74 over his final 18 holes.
All three of GSW's top golfers played the par 5s well in the tourney, with Gahman shooting 5-under to lead the group and rank second in the invite. Gibson and Griffin were a stroke behind at 4-under.
Senior Chris Hall tied for 20th place overall with a 226 (77-72-77) and sophomore Patrick Hall carded a 244 (79-81-84).
Armstrong finished the tournament with an 894 total, 30 strokes behind UNC Pembroke. Senior Matt Motes carded a one-over-par 73 on Tuesday to finish in 10th place individually with a 219 total. Freshman Cory Griffin carded a final-round 76 to finish tied for 14th individually with a 223 total, while sophomore Travis Williamson fired a 73 on Tuesday to finish tied for 20th with a 226 total.
Junior Tyler Erickson shot the day's best round for the Pirates with an even-par 72, finishing tied for 23rd individually with a 228 total.
Sophomore Gus Wagoner rounded out the Armstrong team scoring with a 75, finishing tied for 21st with a 233 total. Senior Dustin Allen, playing as an individual, shot a 74 on Tuesday to finish tied for 23rd with a 228 total.
Sixth-place Lander was led by Tanner Robb, who tied for 12th place overall with a 6-over-par 216 (74-77-71). Brad Hannah shot a 226 (76-74-76) and tied for 20th, Neal Todd shot 231 (73-78-80) and tied for 29th, Chad Siefert shot 235 (78-79-78) and tied for 34th and Oliver Van Nairn shot 236 (76-79-81) and tied for 37th.
Clayton State fired a final-round 305 to finish with a three-round total of 917.
For Clayton State individually, junior Chris McManus had the top score with a 228 (77-75-76), followed closely by senior Clark Nelson tied for 26th with a 229 (73-78-78). Freshman Ryan Lort finished tied for 29th with a 231 (78-77-76), while sophomore Tyson Beaupre finished tied for 34th with a 235 (82-78-75) and freshman Will Shenstone finished 44th with a 239 (81-73-85).
Columbus State Fourth, Flagler Eighth at Rollins Invitational
Orlando, FL – The No. 13 ranked Columbus State University men's golf team shot a final round of 297 to end the Rollins College Invitational in fourth place. The fourth place result is the best overall finish this season for the Cougars and the third consecutive top-five finish. Overall, CSU shot a three round total of 887 which was 23-strokes over par. The tournament was being held at the Rio Pinar Country Club in Orlando. Flagler, the only other PBC team in the field, finished eighth.
Newberry College won the event with a three-over par 867. Carson-Newman and Rollins finished the tournament tied in second place both shooting 13-over par 877's. Lynn rounded out the top-five posting an 890.
After playing his worst golf of the season on Monday, Justin Grice showed why he won the Indian Bayou Classic two weeks ago as the senior fired an even-par 72 this afternoon. Overall, Grice finished the tournament in a tie for 60th place shooting a 19-over par 235.
Rourke Van der Spuy has been consistent all year long for head coach Mark Immelman and Tuesday was no different. The All-American fired an one-over par 73 in round three to end the event in a tie for eighth place. For the tournament, Van der Spuy shot a two-over par 218.
Steven Paine concluded his best tournament of the season as he posted a two-over par 74 in round three. The senior finished the tournament in a tie for 24th place with a three-round score of 244 which was eight-over par.
Opening play in a tie for eighth place, Daniel Glidewell struggled a bit on Tuesday shooting a six-over par 78. He still managed to earn a top-20 finish finishing in 20th place with a three day score of six-over par 222.
Stephen Swanepoel played a great opening round of golf at the Rollins College Invitational but was not able to continue that in round two or three. In round three, Swanepoel shot a seven-over par 79 to finish the tournament in a tie for 46th place (14-over par 230).
Spencer Cole of Rollins was the individual champion posting a five-under par 211 mark.
Flagler shot 303 in the final round and slipped back into eighth place with a 54-hole total of 896.
Joel Dahlenburg led the Flagler contingent with a 2-over 218 and finished in a tie for eighth place. It is Dahlenburg’s second top 10 finish this fall. Greg Mergel shot an even par 72 today to finish with an 8-over 224 and tie for 24th place. Andrew McCracken carded an 11-over 227 and tied for 34th place. Travis Ralph shot a 13-over 229 and tied for 40th place. Michael Boss rounded out the Flagler scorers with a 20-over 236 and tied for 63rd place.
Chipper Hughes, playing as an individual, tied for 51st place with a 15-over 231.