UNC Pembroke, North Georgia Claim Tournament Wins
Walor, McCurry Tie For First; Men's Golf Captures Magnolia
ORANGEBURG – All-American Jordan Walor carded an even-par 71 and captured his eighth career medalist honor via a scorecard playoff to help ninth-ranked UNCP to its second consecutive tournament championship on Tuesday afternoon at the Magnolia Invitational in Orangeburg, S.C. USC Aiken finished second.
Walor (72-68-71/211) won the scorecard playoff with West Georgia's Bryn Powers and teammate Jonathan McCurry (74-63-74) who birdied the 16th hole to force the three-way tie atop the individual leaderboard. Michael Mullman (73-76-67/216) had the best round of the day for the Braves as the sophomore booked a 4-under-par and career-best 67 to finish the event in a tie for sixth. Scott Lambert (75-76-73/224) tallied his best round (73) of the event to exit the tournament in a tie for 20th, while Carson Lanier (73-75-82/230) concluded in a tie for 33rd.
The performance helped hand the Braves (292-282-285/859) their third tournament championship of the season and their second-straight honor after also winning last week's Richard Rendleman Invitational. The Black & Gold registered two of the program's top-10 rounds in winning the title and, likely, posted the best three-round tournament score in school history.
USC Aiken (297-292-278/867) posted the best team round of the event on Tuesday, but still finished eight strokes back of the lead in second place, while 25th-ranked Barton (295-288-288/871) concluded the event in third place. Tournament-host and 33rd-ranked Newberry (295-296-297/888) finished fourth, while Coker (298-296-298/892) was 33 strokes off the pace in fifth.
The second place finish is the third of the 2011-12 season for the Pacers. USC Aiken’s 279 in round three allowed the Pacers to finish with a total team three-round tally of 868 (297-292-279). The 279 in round three is also the low round of the 2011-12 season for USC Aiken.
JP Solis was the top scoring Pacer finisher in the event. Solis (Morelia, Mexico/Lico Morelia) acquired his first top-5 finish of the spring by ending the Magnolia Invitational fifth at 215 (71-74-70).
Four Pacers finished in the top-20 in the event in total with three Pacers in the top-15. Matt Atkins (Owensboro, Ky./Henderson State) ended his efforts tied for 11th at 218 (75-75-68), while Hayden Letien owned 14th place with a score of 219 (73-76-70). Taylor Welborn (LaGrange, Ga./Darton) tied for 17th at 222 (81-70-71).
Also at the Magnolia, Clayton State's Ryan Haskell finished in a tie for 20th with a 224 while Lander's Tanner Robb was tied for 17th at 222.
Saints Cruise to 4-Shot Victory at North Georgia Invitational
DAHLONEGA, GA – The North Georgia men's golf team held off a late charge from the Montevallo Falcons on Tuesday afternoon to capture the 2012 North Georgia Spring Invitational contested at the par-72 Achasta by Reynolds.
The Saints earned their second victory of the year, shooting a team total of 296 in the final round to beat Montevallo by just four strokes. Truett-McConnell finished in third, while Young Harris rounded out the field, finishing fourth. The Saints proved to be in control on their home course as they had six players finish in top 10.
Aaron George overcame a five shot deficit to capture individual honors as he won the first hole in a three-man playoff with a four-foot par putt. Howard Duffin and Montevallo's Andrew Lowry each failed to extend the playoff as they both missed par putts inside 10 feet. Montevallo's Joe Haupt finished in fourth place, while Grant Rish and Montevallo's Austin Murphey finished in a tie for fifth.
The win was the first of George's young collegiate career as he followed up an opening round 75 with an even-par 72 in the final round. The Dahlonega, Georgia, native took advantage of his team's home course as he was one of just three players to shoot par or better in the closing round.
Duffin, who led after day one, faltered down the stretch en route to a five-over-par 77 in the final round. The senior's bid to extend the playoff past the opening hole came up short. The Widemore, England, native continues his strong play with yet another top five finish.
Sophomore Grant Rish continued his steady play with a fifth place finish as he followed up an opening round 75 with a five-over-par 77.
Matt Rochlin had his best round of the spring as he shaved 10 strokes of his opening round score with an even-par 72 in the final round of the North Georgia Spring Invitational to jump into sole possession of seventh place.
Will Brackett and Jake Martin each jumped into the top 10 in day two as they finished tied for eighth place. Brackett dropped six strokes off his opening round 81 with a final round 75, while Martin shaved four strokes off his opening round 80 on day two.
Hunter Beach finished in a tie for 14th place as he followed up an opening round 80 with a 79 to wrap up the tournament.
Montevallo's Andrews Lowry reached the playoff after shooting a 71 in the final round. He finished in a tie for second while Joe Haupt placed fourth and Austin Murphey in a tie for fifth.
Five PBC Teams Compete at Southeastern Intercollegiate
VALDOSTA, GA -- Armstrong Atlantic State finished fifth with Columbus State sixth as the two were among the five Peach Belt teams competing at the First Federal Southeastern Collegiate. The 14-team field was one of the strongest in all of Division II with only four of the 14 teams not ranked in the current top 25 by the GCAA.
Armstrong tied for the second-best round of the day and finished the two-day event with an 869 total. No. 13-ranked North Alabama ran away with the event, shooting a 274 on Tuesday to win by 14 strokes with an 841 total, ahead of No. 3 Barry (855) and No. 1 Lynn (861). No. 9 West Florida (863) finished fourth, just ahead of the Pirates in the 14-team field.
Armstrong junior Jacob Tilton carded a two-under-par 70 on Tuesday to finish tied for seventh individually with a four-under-par 212 total, his third career Top 10 finish as a Pirate. Senior Matt Motes carded a one-under-par 71 to finish in 15th place individually with a 216 total, while freshman Gus Wagoner shot a one-over-par 73 to finish tied for 44th with a 226 total.
Junior Tyler Erickson also shot a final-round 73, finishing tied for 50th with a 227 total. Freshman Cory Griffin also tied for 50th with a 227 total after shooting a 79 on Tuesday.
The 873 score was Columbus State's best three-round score of the season.
North Alabama won the event with a three-round score of 841 which was 14-strokes better than second place Barry. Lynn (861), West Florida (863) and Armstrong Atlantic State University (869) all finished in the top-five.
All-American Rourke Van der Spuy had CSU's top score Tuesday shooting a one-under par 71. The senior made a clutch birdie put on the final hole to finish the event with a six-over par 222. Justin Grice grabbed his third top-finish of the season as he shot a one-over par 73 in round three. Grice had a little trouble closing out his day going two-over par on the final seven holes. For the event, he was three-under par (213) good enough for a tie for 10th place.
Stephen Swanepoel improved by a stroke on day two of the tournament firing a one-over par 73. After a tough front nine, Swanepoel was one-under par on the back nine including birdying two of the five final holes. The senior was five-over par (221) during the 54-hole tournament. After struggling Monday, Steven Paine rebound nicely shooting a one-over par 73. Paine bogeyed just two holes and birdied hole 11 on the way to his score. The senior was 14-over par (230) for the event. Daniel Glidewell went in the opposite direction in the final round of the Southeastern Collegiate. In the final round, Glidewell was 11-over par and finished in 50th place.
Georgia College's Victor Monte shot a 69 in the opening round and was one-over-par for the tournament to tie for 16th place. GC's Patrick Garrett was two strokes behind in a tie for 20th. Georgia Southwestern's Craig Gibson was also one over for the tournament after back-to-back rounds of 72 on the opening day. J.P. Griffin was tied for 20th at 219. Flagler's Greg Mergel shot a 69 in the second round and was tied for 13th overall with a one-under-par 215.