DAHLONEGA, Ga. – The Newberry College men’s golf team finished up the University of North Georgia Invitational Tuesday afternoon in eighth place of 13 teams. The Wolves shot a team score of 294 in the final 18 holes to record a total 54-hole score of 884 for the tournament.
Just nine strokes separated the Wolves from fifth place finisher Georgia College in a very tight field of competitors. Lander took home the hardware as they shot 5-under for the tournament. Georgia Southwestern’s Chris Low and Carson-Newman’s Nicklaus Kennedy tied for first in the individual bracket, shooting 7-under for the tournament.
Newberry was led by senior John Paul Ferguson who turned in a career low 2-under par 70 on the day to finish the tournament with a total score of 218, another career best, which put him tied for 16th. Fellow senior Tommy Hurst finished up the round with a 73 to finish one stroke behind Ferguson and tied for 23rd overall.
Nick Lussier finished up the tournament at 6-over par (74, 74 and 73) and tied for 30th. Sophomore Luke Atack and junior Frederik Fossum both turned in 7-over par 223 scorecards to finish just behind Lussier tied for 34th. In his Newberry deubt, Atack had round scores of 77, 72 and 74 while Fossum shot 72, 76 and 75.
Senior Ryan Wilkinson carded scores of 75, 76 and 74 for a total score of 225 for the tournament to finish up tied for 40th.
Coach Howard Vroon was encourgaed by the finish the Wolves produced. "Top to bottom we put together a consistent and solid tournament from tee to green," Coach Vroon said. "Our high score of the day was a 75 so all five of the guys contributed and played exceptionally well," he said.
Coach Vroon also saw some stellar individual performances. "The effort and hard work JP Ferguson showed this weekend as he played individually and turned in the best round of his career. Luke Atack made his debut for us and turned in three solid rounds. He is a great addition to our program and is going to do good things for us," said Vroon.
The Wolves return to action October 27-28 as they travel to Conover, N.C., to take part in the Rock Barn Collegiate Invitational.