Hurst ties career low; Wolves in ninth after first day of Bearcat Invitational

Hurst ties career low; Wolves in ninth after first day of Bearcat Invitational
Monday, March 23, 2015 | by Chas Goodwin, Athletic Communications Assistant

GREENWOOD – The Newberry College men’s golf team posted their best rounds of the season in first two rounds of the Bearcat Golf Classic at the Greenwood Country Club on Monday.

The Wolves carded a team score of 576 with a first round score of 285 and a second round of 291 to sit in ninth place going into the final 18 holes. The best team round score Newberry has posted this season came in the University of North Georgia Fall Invitational when they tallied a pair of 294s en route to finishing eighth.

Only six strokes separate the ninth place Wolves and the third place Belmont Abbey Crusaders as the Crusaders had a 36 hole score of 570 on Monday. Flagler has the lead with a score of 555 while Georgia College is close on their heels with 565. Belmont Abbey, Columbus State (571) and Mount Olive (574) rounded out the top five after day one.

Tommy Hurst (Miami, Fla.) sits tied for third going in the final round as he posted a first round of 68 and a second round of 71 to shoot a 139 for the day. The 68 ties his lowest round of the season that he scored at the Kiawah Island Invitational back in the fall and the back-to-back rounds are also the lowest he has recorded thus far in his senior campaign.

Ryan Wilkinson (Gallivants Ferry, S.C.) shot a 69 and a 75 in his two rounds to total a 144 on the afternoon to sit tied for 26th going into Tuesday. The first round score of 69 is the lowest round that the senior has shot in his Newberry College career, besting the score of 70 he produced in the second round of the Jay Jennison Memorial in the fall.

Evan DeGrazia (Thunder Bay, Canada) competed as an individual and also turned in a 144 (74 and 70) to sit tied for 26th while Luke Atack (Hamilton, Canada) was one stroke behind Wilkinson and DeGrazia with a 145 (73 and 72) to tie for 36th place in the individual ranks.

Spencer Skiff (Aiken, S.C.) carded a 148 (75 and 73) on Monday while Fredrik Fossum (Levanger, Norway) turned in a pair of 75s to finish with a 150 and round out the scoring for Newberry.

The final pairings for Tuesday’s final rounds have not been released but play will begin at 8:30 a.m.