CONOVER, N.C. - Newberry College senior Daniel Stanley (Inman, S.C.) claimed his second consecutive South Atlantic Conference title, shooting a 3-over par 219 as he led the Wolves to the 2011 Food Lion SAC Championship at the Jones Course of the Rock Barn Golf and Spa. The team championship is the third in Newberry history, while Stanley is the third SAC medalist in school history.
Stanley shot an even-par 72 in Tuesday's final round, while Monday leader Clifford Blanquicet of Wingate shot 76 and Catawba's Brad Cline shot 75 to finish two strokes back of Stanley at 5-over for the tournament.
The Wolves carried a 14-stroke lead into Tuesday's third and final round, but had to withstand a furious charge from Tusculum College. The Pioneers trailed Newberry by 23 strokes after Monday, and shot a 291 - the second-best round of the tournament - to finish just five strokes behind the Wolves.
Behind Stanley's medalist effort for Newberry were two other all-tournament honorees. Chandler Gruenemeier (Jacksonville, Fla.) tied for seventh place with an 11-over par 227 and Ben Lown (North Augusta, S.C.) tied for 10th with a 13-over par 229.
Matthew Killen (Yorkshire, England) tied for 12th with a 15-over par 231 and SAC Golfer of the Year Matthew Campbell (Rome, N.Y.) rounded out Newberry players with an 18-over par 234 to tie for 18th. No other school had all five of its competitors finish in the top 20 of the tournament.
The SAC Championship is the third in program history, with the 2011 Wolves joining the 2008 Newberry College Indians and 2009 scarlet and gray as the top team in the league. The Wolves will make their fifth trip to the NCAA Super Regional Tournament with the league title. This year's senior class becomes one of the most successful sports teams in Newberry history with three league titles and one second place finish and will make four regional appearances.
The NCAA will announce the Super Regional field later this month.
2011 Food Lion SAC Championships