DAHLONEGA, Ga. – The Newberry College men’s golf team opened the University of North Georgia Invitational shooting 14-over par 590 (294 and 296) through the first 36 holes at the Achasta Golf Club Monday afternoon.
Only 11 strokes separate the Wolves from third place Carson-Newman, but leader Lander shot an impressive 11-under par on the day to take a commanding lead going into the final 18 holes. The 294 Newberry recorded in the first round is the lowest 18-hole score of the season thus far.
Senior Tommy Hurst led the way for the Wolves, turning in a 2-over par 146 on the day. The 36-hole score is a career low for Hurst who goes into the final 18-holes tied for 20th, but only eight strokes behind current leader Aaron George of the University of North Georgia.
Senior John Paul Ferguson and junior Fredrik Fossum both carded 36-hole scores of 148 on the day to finish tied for 26th. Ferguson totaled rounds of 71 and 77 while Fossum tallied rounds of 72 and 76.
Sophomore Luke Atack and senior Nick Lussier both completed rounds of 149, finishing tied for 31st. Atack saw his first action for the Wolves, shooting a 77 in the first round but went even in the second round. Lussier recorded 18-hole scores of 75 and 74 on the day.
Senior Ryan Wilkinson finished the day tied for 38th with a score of 151.
The Wolves will return to action tomorrow morning, finishing up the tournament with 18 holes with an 8:30 shotgun start.