Three Peach Belt Conference men's golf teams were among the top five at the 4th Annual UNG Fall Invitational while USC Aiken finished in fourth place among a field of all Division I schools at the Firestone Invitational.
Lander 2nd, GSW 3rd and UNG 5th at Fall Invitational
Dahlonega, Ga. – Lander sophomore Conor Richards notched his second career top-five showing on Tuesday as the No. 23-ranked Bearcat men's golf team finished second at the UNG Fall Invitational. Richards tied with North Georgia's Joseph Jarrard who fired a two-under 70 in the final round. GSW's Vincent Norrman finished in fourth place.
Lander (292-280-295=867, +3), which entered Tuesday atop the 13-team leaderboard, carded a seven-over final round to slip out of the top spot. Newberry topped the field leaderboard with a three-round total of two-under par while Georgia Southwestern, Carson-Newman and North Georgia filled out the top five. Young Harris was sixth, Clayton State ninth, Georgia College 10th and Flagler 11th in the 13-team field.
For Richards (74-66-69=209, -7), the second-place finish was the sixth top-10 showing of his career. The Hampshire, England, native finished his final two rounds under par to end the tournament just one shot back of medalist Carlos Leandro of Newberry (-8).
James Bartlett (74-69-74=217, +1), finished tied for 11th place while Jon Parker (67-73-78=218, +2) tied for 15th place.
Michael Brodie (77-72-74=223, +7) ended the tournament with a share of 30th place and Garrett Atkinson (77-77-78=232, +16) completed the Bearcat contingency at the event in a tie for 54th place.
Georgia Southwestern's Ryan Cahill fired a career best 6-under par 66 on Tuesday to lead the Hurricanes to a third place finish. The 66 shattered Cahill's previous low round of 72 and tied for the second best round in Hurricane golf history.
GSW (868) posted a 279 as a team on the par 72, 6,967-yard course to finish the tournament six strokes behind winner Newberry College (862) and one stroke behind runner-up Lander (867).
The 279 was the best round of the day and helped the Hurricanes jump five spots in the final standings after finishing day one in a tie for eighth place.
Vincent Norrman followed up a 5-under par first day with a 1-under 71 to finish the tournament in fourth place on the individual leaderboard (210). Carlos Leandro of Newberry College took medalist honors at 208 with a round of 68 on the final day.
Nix Duncan (75-76-71) and Wil Hernandez (81-70-71) both carded a 71 to move up 11 spots and finish tied for 25th, while Oly Brown turned in his second consecutive round of 5-over par (78-77-77) to tie for 54th.
Led by Jarrard's second-place finish, the University of North Georgia men's golf team finished fifth out of 13 teams.
Jarrard finished one stroke behind the tournament champion with a seven-under-par 209. Also finishing in the top-10 for the Nighthawks was Logan Archer, who tied for second with a one-under 215.
Carlos Leandro moved up three spots on the leaderboard thanks to a 4-under 68 in the final round to finish atop the 76-man field with an 8-under 208.
UNG's previous top finish at the Fall Invitational was ninth in 2014.
Young Harris' David Wallin finished in a tie for ninth place after opening play with a 69. Wallin was even-par for the tournament, one stroke ahead of Valter Andersson. YHC finished one stroke behind UNG for sixth place.
Jack Clark and Luke Spooner led Clayton State with three-over 219 and a ties for 18th place. Clark fired a 71 in his final round to jump up to that spot. Georgia College's Thomas Hodges was the low Bobcat in a tie for 25th place while Flagler's Jack Kegelmeyer was also tied for 25th following a final-round 73.
Pacers Take Fourth At Firestone Invitational
AKRON, Ohio – The No. 9 University of South Carolina Aiken golf team posted a fourth-place finish at the Firestone Invitational, which wrapped up Tuesday afternoon.
Head coach Michael Carlisle's team posted a three-round tally of 19-over par, 883. Illinois State won the event. Cincinnati and Akron followed ISU onto the medal stand.
The Pacers were led by redshirt-senior Johnson Holliday, who notched a fourth-place finish at the event. Holliday tallied a 68-77-70, which was good enough for one-under par, 215.
Dan Sheehan accounted for a 16th-place effort with his three-over par, 219. He posted scores of 75-71-73.
Axel Ostensson nabbed a top-25 performance with a six-over par, 222. He garnered scores of 71-76-75.
George Eubank tied for 69th with a 16-over par, 232. He registered scores of 77-74-81.
Top Kamnark tied for 86th with a 29-over par, 245. Kamnark recorded scores of 85-72-88.
The Pacers return to action Oct. 16-17 at the Copperhead Championship, which will be played in Tampa, Fla.