PROSPERITY - The Newberry College men's golf team kicked their fall season into high gear Saturday by winning the Mid-Carolina Invitational at Mid-Carolina Country Club. The win is the second in a row for the Indians at Mid-Carolina, where they are the host school. Newberry shot an even par 288 in the morning round, and finished with a 2-over 290 in the afternoon.
Catawba College's Eric Schmehl claimed top medalist honors. Schmehl, the only player to shoot under par in both rounds, fired a 2-under 68 in the morning and a tournament-best 4-under 68 in the afternoon. Schmehl's overall 138 was the only under par score in the tournament.
The Indians were paced by freshman Ben Lown (North Augusta, S.C.). In just his second tournament as a collegian, Lown finished second individually with an even par 144 after shooting 74 in the morning and 70 in the afternoon. Teammate and fellow freshman Daniel Stanley (Inman, S.C.) finished third individually, shooting 72 in the morning and 73 in the afternoon to combine for a 1-over par 145.
Another Newberry rookie, John Allen Meetze (Chapin, S.C.), finished in a five-way tie for fourth place individually at 2-over 146 after shooting 72 in the morning and 74 in the morning. Newberry junior Billy Burrows (Bluffton, S.C.) finished the morning round tied for the individual lead with Schmehl after firing a 2-under par 70, but he faded in the afternoon, shooting a 5-over 77. Still, Burrows' 3-over total of 147 was good for solo ninth place.
The Indians continue fall season play on Monday, September 17 at The Dogfight at the Neuse in Raleigh, N.C.
Special thanks for this article and statistical coverage go to Newberry College senior Rob Walden. Rob is a communications major from Woodruff, S.C. This is his fourth year assisting the NC Sports Information Office.