NEWBERRY, S.C. - The Newberry College men's golf team carded the fourth lowest 54-hole tournament score in school history on the way to a second place finish at the Sandestin Collegiate Championship hosted by the University of West Florida. Newberry's 862 (+10) in the three round tournament was just three strokes behind tournament champion Lynn University.
Three Newberry golfers finished in the top six of the tournament, including a second place finish by Ben Firebaugh (Roanoke, Va.). Firebaugh carded a 1-over par 72 in Tuesday's third round, finishing the tournament as one of three players under par with a 2-under 211. The 211 ties for the fourth-best individual 54-hole tournament in Newberry history, just three strokes away from the school record.
Lynn's Marcelo Rozo was tied for the lead with Firebaugh entering the final round, and shot an even 71 to win medalist honors. Firebaugh led the event with 14 birdies and tied for the tournament lead in par three scoring.
Matthew Campbell (Rome, N.Y.) shot Newberry's best round of the day, recording a 1-under par 70 to round out the event with a 1-over par 214, good for fourth place in the tournament. Campbell had 10 birdies in the tournament and had the second best average on par five holes.
Freshman Jon Weiss (Sumter, S.C.) was one of the most consistent players in the tournament, recording 38 pars. He shot an even par 71 Tuesday to finish in a tie for sixth place in the event with a 3-over par 216.
Chandler Gruenemeier (Jacksonville, Fla.) also had 38 pars in the event. He finished the tournament tied for 28th place with a 9-over par 222. Ryan Wilkinson (Gallivants Ferry, S.C.) tied for 51st in the field with a 22-over par 235 in his first 54 hole collegiate event.
Tournament champion Lynn is ranked second in the Nike/GolfWorld Division II coaches' poll, and was just three strokes ahead of the Wolves. Newberry is ranked 16th in that poll and finished ahead of No. 7 West Florida by a stroke, No. 14 Georgia College by 11 strokes, No. 9 North Alabama by 17 strokes, No. 13 Columbus State by 20 strokes and No. 21 Florida Southern by 24 strokes.
Newberry's next action comes in a week's time, as the Wolves travel to the Country Club of Columbus, Ga., for the AFLAC/Cougar Invitational on Monday, October 3, and Tuesday, October 4.
Sandestin Collegiate Championship
Par 71, 6875 yards