Clayton State Takes Title at Matt Dyas Invitational: YHC Second, UNG Third
CARROLLTON, GA -- Clayton State men's golf delivered a stellar effort to win the Matt Dyas Invitational on Tuesday, October 24, finishing with a rain shortened score of 290-292-582. It is the program's first tournament championship since winning the Smoky Mountain Intercollegiate on September 10, 2013.
Opening the final day in third place, the Lakers posted a steady, high level performance throughout the final 18 holes to overtake Day 1 leader Young Harris and jump over North Georgia. It would take a scorecard playoff against YHC to pull off the victory.
Leading the way was junior Ivan Emiliano (Cabo San Lucas, Mexico) with a consistent 72-72-144 to finish tied for eighth place while senior Andres Caballero (Mexico City, Mexico) was a stroke behind (73-72-145) to tie for 10th.
Senior Luke Spooner (Welling, Kent, England) finished with a two round performance of 72-75-147 for a 17th place tie and was followed by redshirt-junior Jack Clark (The Vintage, Pokolbin, New South Wales, Australia) in a 25th place tie following rounds of 73-75-148. Junior Fran Hernandez (Cancun, Mexico) also tied for 25th after shooting a 75-73-148.
Among the teams the Lakers finished ahead of were No. 6 Newberry (5th), No. 12 Lee (T-3rd) and No. 22 North Alabama (6th). Young Harris (582) and UNG (583) were second and third, respectively, with Lee (583) and Newberry (584) rounding out the top five.
The Mountain Lions and Clayton State University finished the 36-hole tournament with identical scores of 582; however, the Lakers won the tournament on a scorecard playoff as Clayton State's highest score (75) was one stroke better than Young Harris (76). Young Harris, which led after the first round, shot 297 on the par 72, 7,026-yard layout on the Oak Mountain Golf Club, while Clayton State fired a 292.
Valter Andersson and Trey Pearson were both named to the All-Invitational team as they tied for fourth place with two-under par scores of 142. Pearson carded a 72 in the final round, while Andersson posted a 73. David Wallin picked up a top-20 finish as he shot a 76 and came in a tie for 17th place at 147. Anton Karlbom also shot 76 in the final round to finish in a tie for 45th place at 151, while Ryan Emery tallied a 76 and tied for 47th at 152.
Matt Elliott finished in a tie for second place to lead the University of North Georgia men's golf team to a tie for third.
The Nighthawks (583) and No. 12 Lee finished one stroke behind the Lakers and Mountain Lions (582), while No. 6 Newberry (584) finished alone in fifth.
UNG's two-round score is the second-best in program history.
In a tight finish, the top seven teams in the tournament were separated by eight strokes.
Elliott shot a three-under-par 69 in the final round to finish with a 36-hole score of 141. The three-under 36-hole score puts him at fourth all-time in 36-hole events. He finished two strokes back of individual champion Samuel Jones of West Georgia.
Pacers Wrap Up Camden Collegiate With Third-Place Finish
CAMDEN, S.C. – The No. 21 University of South Carolina Aiken golf team finished the Camden Collegiate in a tie for third place.
Head coach Michael Carlisle's team posted scores of 292-278-286 for a three-day total of 16-over par, 856.
August Lindvall led the way after shooting three-under par, 207. Axel Ostensson and Johnson Holliday tallied top-20 finishes.
Ostensson shot three-over par, 213 while Holliday was a mere stroke behind him. The two were 14th and 15th, respectively.
George Eubank notched a 52nd-place finish. He shot 14-over par, 224. Samuel Schiff finished 77th at 21-over par, 231.
South Carolina won the event while James Madison took second. USC Aiken was the lone Division II team in the 17-team field.
The Pacers return to action Feb. 18-19 at the Newberry Invitational.