Ben Lown breaks conference record and leads Indians to first ever SAC championship
Tuesday, April 15, 2008

HICKORY, N.C. - On a monumental day for Newberry College men's golf, freshman Ben Lown (North Augusta, S.C.) etched his name into the record book. In three rounds, Lown's 54-hole score of 208 edged out former Presbyterian golfer Gavin Gillespie's 209 for the best all round score in South Atlantic Conference tournament history.

Five years after Gillespie's record in 2003, Lown was instrumental in Newberry's team victory at the 2008 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference tournament. Lown battered the course at the Lake Hickory Country Club at Catawba Springs with a dominating eight-under par over 54 holes. The freshman followed first day 138 with a two-under par performance on Tuesday. Lown's three rounds (70-68-70) was the only under par showing in the entire tournament.

Lown was not alone in contributing to Newberry's first ever SAC championship in men's golf. Fellow freshman Daniel Stanley (Inman, S.C.) finished in third place with a stroke total of 220. Stanley was even par after the first two rounds and shot a 76 on day two.

John Allen Meetze (Chapin, S.C.) completed day two in 20th place with a 230. Brandon Burnside (North Augusta, S.C.) and Stephen Holmes (Chapin, S.C.) also played their parts with a 232 and 242 respectively.

Lown was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player and Stanley also made the all-tournament team.

Newberry men's golf celebrated their first ever SAC championship just hours after receiving several all-conference honors. Head coach Brian McCants was named the Coach of the Year in the SAC. Lown was named the Freshman of the Year and to the first team all-SAC while Stanley made the second team.

2008 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Championship
April 14-15, 2008     Hickory, N.C.
Lake Hickory Country Club at Catawba Springs
Par: 72   Yardage: 6,570

Final Results
1. Newberry College             301  288  297  886  +22
2. Carson-Newman College        296  296  310  902  +38
3. Lenoir-Rhyne College         294  307  308  909  +45
4. Brevard College              307  296  309  912  +48
5. Tusculum College             312  294  311  917  +53
6. Catawba College              308  305  307  920  +56
7. Wingate University           309  310  310  929  +65
8. Mars Hill College            305  305  320  930  +66
9. Lincoln Memorial University  315  311  312  938  +74

Newberry Individual Finishers
  1. Ben Lown           70  68  70  208
  3. Daniel Stanley     73  71  76  220
 20. John Allen Meetze  79  76  75  230
T22. Brandon Burnside   80  73  79  232
T37. Stephen Holmes     79  87  76  242