Consistent play leads Wolves to championship at Etowah Intercollegiate

Consistent play leads Wolves to championship at Etowah Intercollegiate
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 | by Josh Manck, Assistant AD for Athletic Communications

ETOWAH, N.C. - The Newberry Wolves' men's golf team had three individuals finish in the top 10 at the Etowah Intercollegiate and the most consistent scores of the event, as their two-day total of 584 (291-293, +8) earned them the team championship of the event.

The tournament win is the first for the Wolves since the Campbell Oil/Sunoco Classic in April of 2014 and the score realtive to par is their lowest in a 36-hole event since October of 2012. Newberry beat South Atlantic Conference rivals Brevard and Lincoln Memorial by seven strokes.

The Wolves were led by a pair of South Carolinian golfers, as both Zack Sherman and Spencer Skiff tied for third in the event at an even par 144.

Skiff was 1-under on the day with four birdies, while Sherman was 1-over on the day with an eagle and two birdies.

Evan DeGrazia tied for sixth in the individual standings at 2-over par (146) after shooting 2-over on Tuesday. Luke Atack matched his 75 from Monday and tied for 14th individually with a 150, while Fredrik Fossum finished in 18th with a 153 (+9), shooting a 75 Tuesday.

“We were excited for the chance to see the conference championship course at Etowah Valley," said Newberry head men's golf coach Howard Vroon. "We learned a lot about it this week, and playing there was good preparation. Coming away with a win was very rewarding as well.  This is a young team, after losing three of our top six to graduation last spring. 

"Despite their youth the team played with great discipline and composure in the final round. Coming back from 10 shots down was impressive, and is a credit to how hard this team trains. Spencer and Zack are both doing a great job as they get comfortable in the lineup.

"Yesterday was especially challenging for Zack, playing in the one spot, in the final round, in the final pairing. He did a nice job of handling himself in that situation.

"Spencer’s final round 71 was very solid. We are also getting very strong play from Luke Atack, and it was great to have some experience in the lineup, with junior Evan DeGrazia and senior Fred Fossum making their season debuts. This team knows it takes five guys to win, and all five contributed in important ways this week. Congratulations to these Wolves on the comeback victory.”

No Newberry player shot more than 3-over par on Tuesday and the Wolves were the only team in the field to have all five golfers finish in the top 20 of the 47-player event.

The Wolves now have two weeks off before their third event of the fall portion of the schedule. Newberry's next tournament is the North Georgia Fall Invitational at the Achasta GC in Dahlonega, Ga., on October 5-6.

Team Standings

 Rank   Team Scores  Total   Par 
  1  Newberry   291  293  584   +8
t 2  Brevard   293  298  591   +15
t 2  Lincoln Memorial   281  310  591   +15
  4  Erskine B   301  294  595   +19
  5  West Alabama   301  297  598   +22
  6  Southern Indiana   308  303  611   +35
  7  Erskine   308  319  627   +51
  8  Milligan   310  318  628   +52
  9  Brevard B   319  329  648   +72

Newberry Individuals

Newberry   291 293   584    +8   1st
Zack Sherman   71 73   144   E   t-3rd
Spencer Skiff   73 71   144   E   t-3rd
Evan DeGrazia   72 74   146    +2   t-6th
Luke Atack   75 75   150    +6   t-14th
Fredrik Fossum   78 75   153    +9   18th