Wilkinson and Wolves take home third place finishes

Wilkinson and Wolves take home third place finishes
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 | by Chas Goodwin, Athletic Communications Assistant

GOLDSBORO, N.C. – The Newberry Wolves tabbed their second best 54-hole team score of the year with a 9-over par, 873 at the UMO Invitational – The Trojan at the par-72, 6,785-yard, Walnut Creek Country Club on Monday and Tuesday.

The Wolves shot a 292 in the final 18 holes to finish in third place in the 13 team event. Limestone took home the trophy with a 2-under par 862 while UNC Pembroke (870), Newberry, Barton (891) and King (891) rounded out the top five.

The Braves edged Newberry by just two strokes while the Wolves were 18 strokes in front of Barton and King who tied for fourth.

A pair of Saints led the individual playing field as Griffin Brown took the individual medal with a 5-under par 211 and Matt Mullarkey finished just one stroke behind Brown at 212 for second.

Newberry’s Ryan Wilkinson (Gallivant’s Ferry, S.C.) sat right on the heels of Brown and Mullarkey’s with a 1-under par 215 to bring home third place, the second top-five finish of his career.  

The 215 is the lowest 54-round score of Wilkinson’s career, besting his previous of low of 217 set last season. The senior’s 68 in the second round was tied for the second lowest round in the tournament and is the lowest single round score of his career.

Luke Atack (Hamilton, Canada) was one stroke behind Wilkinson with an even-par 216 for the tournament. The sophomore completed the final round with a 73 to finish tied for fourth in the event, the first top-10 finish of his tenure at Newberry.

The 216 total score is a new career low for Atack, besting his previous low of 217 set at the Lander Bearcat Classic two weeks ago. He also set a career low 18-hole score with his first round score of 71 on Monday.

Evan DeGrazia (Thunder Bay, Canada) continued to drop a stroke in each consecutive round as he carded a 222 for the tournament. The sophomore shot 75, 74 and 73 to notch his second top-20 finish in the past two events with a tie for 16th place.

This is the second time in the past two tournaments that DeGrazia has dropped a stroke in each round. He shot 73, 72 and 71 in the Barry Buccaneer Invitational on his way to a 13th place finish last week.

Tommy Hurst (Miami, Fla.) shot a 76 in the final round to finish tied for 21st (72, 75 and 76) while J.P. Ferguson (Traveler’s Rest, S.C.) rounded out the scoring for Newberry with a 224 (76, 73 and 75), his second lowest round of the year. This is the senior’s second top-25 finish of the season.

Fredrik Fossum (Levanger, Norway) competed in the individual ranks and totaled a 225 (75, 77 and 73) for the two-day event. This is his second lowest 54-hole score on the year and the third round 73 ties his second lowest single round score for the year.

“Ryan Wilkinson played an outstanding event," Vroon stated. "He injured his shoulder near the end of his morning round on Monday and from that point on he played in pain and had to change his approach to every shot. He played with great skill and determination, managing his game beautifully. I was very pleased for him to earn a third place finish. Luke Atack really played great too, and should be very pleased with his tie for fourth. He seems to get better every time we play and the same goes for Evan DeGrazia. JP Ferguson played very solidly too, tying for 23rd.  Tommy [Hurst] continues to struggle, but he is so focused and determined, he will rebound before the conference tournament.”

“Today was a great opportunity for us to see if we could handle ourselves in the final pairing of the tournament," head men's golf coach Howard Vroon said. "We did a very good job of it and for the most part we played with great composure, keeping our effort level manageable. We played a very solid round and it was just not quite good enough, but it was a step forward for our team. We know we can handle ourselves, and our games, under any circumstances and we will be looking forward to the conference tournament with great anticipation."

The UMO Invitational – The Trojan wraps up the regular season for Newberry and they will next compete in the South Atlantic Conference Championship Tournament at the Firethorn Country Club in Marvin, N.C., on April 19-21.