UNC Pembroke Wins PBC Men’s Golf Title in Playoff
PINE MOUNTAIN, GA – UNC Pembroke’s Carson Lanier had a birdie while three other players turned in pars as the Braves beat USC Aiken on the first playoff hole in the 2012 PBC Men’s Golf Championships. The two teams finished three rounds tied at eight-over-par 872 on the 7,052-yard, par-72 Mountain View Course at Callaway Gardens. It is the first time that a team has won the title in a playoff since Columbus State beat USC Aiken in the 1993 championships.
USC Aiken tied for the low team round of the day as they erased UNCP’s three-stroke lead with a 290. Georgia College finished third while host Columbus State was fourth and Armstrong Atlantic State fifth.
Lanier had the only birdie in the playoff as Scott Lambert, Jonathan McCurry and Jordan Walor all had pars on the 427-yard, par-4 18th hole for UNC Pembroke. J.P. Solis, Gaines Milliner and Taylor Welborn shot par for USC Aiken, but Matt Atkins and Hayden Letien missed their par putts for bogeys, giving UNCP at four-man score of 15 on the playoff while USC Aiken had 17.
Flagler’s Joel Dahlenburg was the individual medalist after he shot 73-67-73 to finish three-under-par 213. He becomes the first PBC golfer to win back-to-back PBC Championships since Columbus State’s Jaco Rall in 1998 and 99. The senior had two birdies and an eagle on the back nine on Tuesday to finish one stroke ahead of USC Aiken’s Matt Atkins. Atkins had the second-lowest round of the day with a three-under 69, collecting six birdies and an eagle in his round. Georgia Southwestern’s Craig Gibson and the UNCP tandem of Walor and McCurry were all tied for third.
For UNC Pembroke, the men’s golf Championship is the first in program history. The Braves had all five of their players shoot 75 or better with McCurry carding a team-best 71. Lambert, Lanier and Michael Mullmann all shot 223 to finish in a tie for 16th.
Atkins led the charge for USC Aiken with his 69 as Milliner and Welborn both had 73 and Solis 75. USC Aiken trailed UNC Pembroke by three strokes heading into the final round and fell just short of claiming their 10th PBC Championship.
Georgia College was three strokes behind as Victor Monte shot a team-best 71 on Tuesday followed by Patrick Garrett’s 72. PBC Freshman of the Year Ryan Trocchio had back-to-back 71s on Monday but could not maintain that consistency on Tuesday with a 77. He finished in a tie for ninth while Garrett was tied for 11th.
Columbus State equaled USC Aiken’s team 290 on Tuesday. Justin Grice was tied for the low round of the tournament with a 67. Daniel Glidewell finished in a tie for sixth at two over par while Stephen Swanepoel was tied for 11th two strokes back and Grice tied for 13th.
Armstrong’s Cory Griffin finished in the top 10 after shooting three straight rounds of 73 to tie for ninth. Georgia Southwestern’s Craig Gibson tied Grice for the low round of the tournament with a 67 in Monday’s second round and finished in a tie for third.
2012 PBC Men's
Joel Dahlenburg, Flagler (Medalist)
Matt Atkins, USC Aiken
Craig Gibson, Georgia Southwestern
Jonathan McCurry, UNC Pembroke
Jordan Walor, UNC Pembroke
|UNC Pembroke: 2012 PBC Men's Golf Champions!|
|Men's Golf All-Tournament Team (L to R): Matt Atkins, USC Aiken; Craig Gibson, Georgia Southwestern; Joel Dahlenburg, Flagler; Jordan Walor, UNC Pembroke; Jonathan McCurry, UNC Pembroke.|