Newberry tied for 12th after opening round of Newberry Invitational at The Ocean Course

Newberry tied for 12th after opening round of Newberry Invitational at The Ocean Course
Monday, February 16, 2015 | by Chas Goodwin, Athletic Communications Assistant

KIAWAH ISLAND – The Newberry College Wolves opened up the Inaugural Newberry Invitational in a strong wind with fast greens Monday morning at The Ocean Course on Kiawah Island. The Wolves managed to come away with a team score of 329 in a rough first round for all teams to finish tied for 12th with King University. The second round was cut short due to darkness and play will resume at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday with the conclusion of the second round and the third and final round of play.

Only one team was able to shoot under a 300 for the first round as Georgia Southwestern put together a team score of 297 to lead the opening round. Limestone stood in second with a 306. Missouri – St. Louis (310), Valdosta State (311) and Mount Olive (315) rounded out the top five of the playing field.

Valdosta State’s Chris Rogers leads the individual rankings after posting an unbelievable 2-under par 70 in the first round. Only 27 of the 90 players registered under an 80 in the first round, of which six carded a 75 or better. Many of the holes featured an average over par and the scoring average well above par at an 82.09, but Mount Olive’s Sebastian Andersen dropped an eagle on the second hole, 543 yard par five, the only eagle registered by any player.

Senior Ryan Wilkinson (Gallivants Ferry, S.C.) led the way for Newberry with an 81 for the round. He started out strong with a 4-over par front nine that featured a birdie on hole number eight. The back nine saw him drop to a 45 because of the 16th and 18th holes which plagued other golfers throughout the day. Wilkinson was tied for 31st going into the second round.

Fellow senior Tommy Hurst (Miami, Fla.) went for 38 strokes on the front nine and followed up with a 44 on the back to go for an 82 for his first 18 of the spring season. Hurst managed to par seven of nine holes on the front and three on the back to record 10 pars on the day.  

Sophomore Fredrik Fossum (Levanger, Norway) nearly matched Hurst stroke for stroke as he also went 38 on the front and 44 on the back to conclude the day with an 82. He numbered nine pars and one birdie throughout the day, which tied him, and Hurst, for 42nd in the 90 player field.

Nick Lussier (Barton, Vt.) tabbed a 41 in the front with a birdie on hole number five but just as the others, struggled on the back nine. However, the senior was able to save five of his eight pars on the back to finish up with an 84 for the afternoon, to leave him tied for 55th going into the final day on Tuesday.

J.P. Ferguson (Travelers Rest, S.C.) went for three pars and a birdie on the front of The Ocean Course but the back nine sent his score lopsided. He started out strong with four straight pars, but holes 16 and 17 forced him into double digits for the holes and a 94 for the round.

The Wolves will look to contend for one of the top slots in the final day on Tuesday as they are just 14 strokes out of the top five and only 23 strokes back of second place Limestone.