Wolves come in 14th at Inaugural Newberry Invitational at The Ocean Course

Wolves come in 14th at Inaugural Newberry Invitational at The Ocean Course
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 | by Chas Goodwin, Athletic Communications Assistant

KIAWAH ISLAND – The Newberry Wolves posted a 307 in their final round, the fifth lowest score in the third round, at The Ocean Course at the Kiawah Island Resort. The Wolves posted a 964 overall score to put them in 14th place out of a strong 18 team field.

Limestone put together the best team round in the third set of 18-holes with a 296 to boost them past Georgia Southwestern who led through the first two rounds. The Saints finished with a 913 overall score, two strokes better than the Canes who took home second with a 915. Flagler came roaring back from a first round 323 to post scores of 298 and 301 to finish third with a 922. Erskine finished with a 925 in fourth, one stroke better than fifth place North Greenville.

Valdosta State (927), Mount Olive (929), Missouri – St. Louis (938), King (943) and Mars Hill (949) rounded out the top 10.

Mount Olive’s Sebastian Andersen totaled a three round score of 218 (72, 70 and 76) to take home the individual banner. Christian Constance of North Greenville finished second by one stroke as he totaled scores of 74, 73 and 72 to shoot 219 for the tournament. Ford Blanchard (Erskine, 221), Nicholas Ward (Georgia Southwestern, 222), Chris Rogers (Valdosta State, 224) and Clayton Presant (Limestone, 224) rounded out the top five individuals.

Rogers and Andersen posted the lowest 18-hole score of 70 for the tournament, Rogers in round one and Andersen in round two. Blanchard also recorded a hole-in-one on the par-three hole number eight, one of only four eagles of the entire tournament.

Senior Tommy Hurst (Miami, Fla.) put together one of the best rounds of the tournament for Newberry in the third round, a 2-over par 74. Hurst carded a 236 to finish tied for 34th in the tournament. Only two holes on the front nine forced him to go over as he parred every hole in the round except for holes one and nine. He hit an even 36 on the back nine.

Sophomore Fred Fossum (Levanger, Norway) posted a 39 on the front nine after a double bogey on number four and bogeys on five and nine. He erased one bogey after birdieing number seven. He stormed back on the back nine to record a par and birdie to start off the round. He then preceded to get up and down on every hole throughout the rest of the round to finish with a 74 and a 241 (82, 85 and 74) to finish tied for 47th.

Senior Ryan Wilkinson (Gallivants Ferry, S.C.) hit an 80 in the final round after recording nine pars and two birdies. Wilkinson finished the three rounds with a 240 total score to finish tied for 43rd.

Nick Lussier (Barton, Vt.) was one of the most consistent players throughout the tournament as he put up three straight 84s to shoot 252 and finish tied for 75th in the tournament. The senior totaled eight pars and a birdie on the 17th hole in the final round.

J.P. Ferguson (Travelers Rest, S.C.) capped off a tough tournament with a fantastic final round as he improved 15 strokes from the first round to the third. The senior got up and down 10 times and birdied hole number nine en route to finishing 87th.

Even though the outcome was not what they had imagined, but the Wolves had a fantastic experience hosting at one of the world’s premier golf courses. They are back in action February 23-24 at The Club at Irish Creek Invitational at The Club at Irish Creek in Concord, N.C.