YHC Wins, PBC Take Top Four Spots at UNG Invitational
DAHLONEGA, Ga. | The Young Harris College men's golf team led wire-to-wire as they captured the UNG Fall Invitational hosted by the University of North Georgia Tuesday (Oct. 2) afternoon. YHC finished eight strokes ahead of Peach Belt Conference-foe Georgia College with Clayton State in third and North Georgia fourth.
The Mountain Lions, who are ranked No. 18 in the latest Bushnell Golfweek Division II Coaches Poll, shot five-under par 283 to complete the 54-hole event with a score of 839. The 839 score set the new college record (NCAA era) 54-hole score by 11 strokes. The previous record of 850 was set during the UNG Tri-Match in September 2016.
It was the eighth tournament win in the program's NCAA era history, but only the fourth in a tournament this size. The other wins came in tournament with six or less teams. This is the third tournament win for the Mountain Lions in the past eight months.
Seven Young Harris golfers finished in the top 20, including four in the top 10. Leading the way for the Mountain Lions was freshman Cam Kellett, who equaled the college record (NCAA era) for 54 holes at 207, after carding a two-under par 70 in the final round to finish in a tie for second place and was named to the all-tournament team. It was Kellett's third top-10 effort in as many tournaments, including two inside the top five. John Bolger and Chad Carter, who was playing as an individual, tied for seventh place at 211, Bolger also recorded a 70 in the final round, while Carter posted a 71. Peter Chung shot a 73 and finished tied for ninth at 212.
Anton Karlbom tied for 12th place at 214 after shooting a 71, while Valter Andersson and Alexander Stern, who was also competing as an individual, tied for 16th at 217. Stern shot the low round of the day for the Mountain Lions with a 69, Andersson signed for a 72. John Lichtenwalner and Sam Smith also competed as individuals for Young Harris. Lichtenwalner tied for 25th place at 221 after a 74, while Smith shot 85 and finished in 48th at 244.
Georgia College took runner-up honors thanks in large part to a huge final day. The Bobcats finished 17-under par, including a 277 in round three, second-best in the field.
The Bobcats shot rounds of 280, 290 and 277 for 17-under on the par-72, 6,967-yard Achasta Course, by Reynolds.
The Bobcats last posted a sub-par tournament score as a team at the 2016 UNG Fall Invitational, going for five-under. The last time a Bobcat Golf team had a score this low in relation to par was the 2010 Lander Bearcat Golf Classic, another runner-up finish at 24-under par.
GC Golf landed three in the tournament's top-10 and four in the top-20, with junior Austin Mancilla leading the way. Mancilla had rounds of 69, 68 and a 71 today to take fourth in the 49-golfer field at eight-under, earning a spot on the All-Tournament Team.
Second on the team and fifth overall was freshman Isaac Samples. The rookie shot a 71 today to go with a 67 and 71 yesterday, finishing seven-under overall.
Taking ninth, Daniel Davis had a four-under effort, the first career sub-par tourney for the sophomore. He posted rounds of 70, 75 and a 67 today. That 67 was the third-best score posted by the entire field in the final round and a career-best for Davis.
Clayton State's Nick Woof delivered one of the best performances of his career as he shot a tournament record tying 64 to lead Clayton State men's golf to a 3-of-8 finish. As a team they finished with a 286-291-275-852 on the day.
Entering the day tied for 10th, Woof fired off that 64 and shot all the way to a tie for second out of 49 golfers. That performance also earned him All-Tournament honors after shooting a 69-74-64-207 that was nine-under-par.
He was joined by freshman Augusto Oliva in 11th with a 69-74-70-213 and sophomore Raul Carbonell in 15th. The latter was remarkably consistent as he shot a 72-72-72-216.
Senior Andres Caballero got progressively better as he carded a 77-72-69-218 to tie for 19th while fellow senior Fran Hernandez tied for 25th with a 76-73-72-221.
UNG's Logan Archer carded a final round 71 to finish in a tie for fifth individually with a 209, seven under par. He is now tied with Joseph Jarrard for the second-best 54-hole score in program history, trailing only his own score of 12-under back in 2016.
The Nighthawks' 54-hole team score of 4-under 860 is the best in program history, shattering the previous record by six strokes.
Georgia Southwestern, Lander Compete in Division II Preview
DANIELS, W.V. – Georgia Southwestern and Lander both completed play at the loaded NCAA Division II Preview in Daniels, W.V. GSW finished the tournament in a tie for 11thwhile Lander was 15th. The tournament was played at the Cobb Course in Glade Springs, which will host the national championships next spring.
After finishing Day 1 in 12th place, the Hurricanes moved up a spot, shooting a 289 in Day 2 for a total score of 878 (293-296-289) for the tied 11th place finish. No. 1 Barry won the tournament, shooting -12 par, 840. No. 3 Lynn placed second with a score of 843 as No. 15 St. Mary's - Texas (858), Wingate University (866) and Colorado - CO Springs (870) rounded out the top 5 for the tournament.
Vincent Norrman and Cole Madison finished the tournament tied for 19th place, shooting 4-over 217. Norrman (74-72-71) and Madison (74-73-70) both moved up spots since beginning the tournament yesterday. Ryan Cahill is tied for 30th place, shooting scores of (71-74-74) for a 6-over 219 score.
Elias Birkeland, who is the only Hurricane participating as an individual, finished tied for 49th place with a score of 222. Tyler Barker finished tied for 61st with a 225 score as Wil Hernandez finished in 85th place, shooting 237.
Lynn's Tomas Gana finished atop the leader board with a score of 205 that put him in first place. St. Mary's - Texas Emilio Gonzales shot a 206 that placed him in second place while Barry's Jorge Garcia and Kelley Sullivan from Chico State finished tied for third place with a score of 207. Ben Thompson from Newberry College rounded out the top 5, shooting a 208.
Jon Parker led Lander throughout the week, finishing in a tie for 11th with an even 214. Competing as an individual, Michael Brodie climbed 16 spots in the final round, tying for 32nd at 7-over par.
Maxime Legros finished at 12-over par to tie for 61st and Conor Cull tied for 69th with 14-over par. Charlie Farrell and Roberto Garagorri both ended the week in a tie for 73rd at 16-over par.
USC Aiken Finishes 12th At Firestone Invitational
AKRON, Ohio – The No. 9 University of South Carolina Aiken golf team finished 12th at the Firestone Invitational Tuesday afternoon.
Head coach Michael Carlisle's team shot 15-over par, 879, for the event. Akron won the tournament (-7) while Furman (-6) was second. Eastern Michigan and Ohio (-5) tied for third. The Pacers were the lone Division II team in the 17-team field.
August Lindvall was the top performer for USC Aiken. He shot 74-69-74 for a three-day tally of one-over par, 217. Lindvall tied for 22nd.
George Eubank was a shot behind Lindvall, shooting two-over par, 218. He tied for 29th.
The Pacers return to action Oct. 20-21 at the Camden Collegiate.