Newberry trio takes home ECAC Golfer of the Month awards

Newberry trio takes home ECAC Golfer of the Month awards
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 | by Chas Goodwin, Athletic Communications Assistant

DANBURY, Conn. – The Newberry College golf teams took three of the four Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Golfer of the Month honors for the month of March, as announced by the league office on Wednesday evening.

Freshman Karly Mims (Lexington, S.C.) and senior Tommy Hurst (Miami, Fla.) tabbed their first ECAC honor while sophomore Marianna Monaco (Yonkers, N.Y.)  was bestowed the title for the third time this year.

Mims took home the ECAC Rookie of the Month title after wrapping up her month this past Monday and Tuesday at the Agnes McAmis Memorial. She posted a pair of 80s to finish tied for 18th in the 96 player field and recorded her fifth top-30 finish in the eight tournaments. At the Wingate Intercollegiate Challenge on March 23-24, Mims recorded her first top five finish as she came in fourth place with a 154 (76 and 78), her career low 36-hole score.

For the season Mims has taken part in all 17 rounds in which Newberry competed and averaged 80.9 strokes per round. She tallied six rounds under 80 on the year which included her career-low round of 75 at the first round of the Patsy Rendleman Invitational back on October 13-14, 2014.

Hurst becomes the first Newberry men’s golfer to be dubbed ECAC Golfer of the Month after recording a runner-up finish at the Lander Bearcat Classic and a solid weekend at the Barry Buccaneer Invitational. At the Bearcat Classic, Hurst carded an 8-under par 208, a career-low for the senior, with scores of 68, 71 and 69. The second place finish is his second of the year as he finished tied at that spot during the rain-shortened Kiawah Island Invitational back in September.

After shooting a 79 in the first round of the Buccaneer Invitational, Hurst came back with a pair of 74's to finish with a 227 for the tournament. For the year he is averaging 74.4 strokes per round and has shot under 80 in 15 of 18 rounds and below 75 twelve times.

Monaco has swept the ECAC Women’s Golfer of the Month honors as she was awarded both distinctions in the fall. Her most recent event was the Agnes McAmis Memorial this past weekend and she tied for seventh place with a 156 (76 and 80).

At the Wingate Intercollegiate Challenge on March 23-24 she tied for 20th with a 161 (81 and 80). On the year Monaco has seven top-20 finishes of which five are seventh or better. She is averaging 76.8 strokes per round with 12 of 17 rounds coming in under 80.

The women’s golf team wrapped up their regular season with the Agnes McAmis Memorial this past weekend and finished fifth for their seventh top-10 finish in their eight tournaments. The most top 10 finishes in recent history has been eight in 2012 and 2013 when the Wolves won back-to-back South Atlantic Conference tournament titles and went on the NCAA Regional Tournament. They next compete at the South Atlantic Conference Tournament in Sevierville, Tenn., at the Sevierville Golf Club for 54-holes on April 12-14.

The men’s golf team has one more event scheduled before their South Atlantic Conference tournament as they will take part in the UMO Inviational – The Trojan on April 6-7 at Walnut Creek Country Club in Goldsboro, N.C. before heading to Marvin, N.C., to take on their SAC foes at the Firethorn Country Club on April 19-21.