SALISBURY, N.C. – First round play at the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Men’s Golf Championship was suspended due to inclement weather a second time as darkness began to fall on the Country Club of Salisbury, leaving the first round of play incomplete.
Nine of the 12 teams in attendance completed their rounds. Newberry is currently tied for second with Queens, which did complete its round, at four strokes over par.
Only Ben Thompson was able to complete his round for Newberry, firing an even-par 71 to sit in a tie for ninth position. Thompson was steady throughout the afternoon, carding 16 pars with a birdie on the par-five 15th to go along with a single bogey.
Harry Bolton completed 17 holes, rebounding from a challenging stretch in which he went four-over on the seventh through ninth holes to shoot even par on the first eight holes of the back nine. He recorded birdies on the 11th and 13th and will begin his day Monday with a 12-foot birdie putt on the 18th green.
Evan DeGrazia completed 16 holes before play was suspended. Like Bolton, DeGrazia was shooting even par on the back nine after going four-over on the front nine, birdieing consecutive holes near the end of his afternoon to end the day on a high note. DeGrazia and Bolton both currently sit 25th on the leaderboard. He will resume play with a nine-foot putt for birdie on No. 17.
Carlos Leandro and Spencer Skiff each have three holes remaining to complete their first round. Leandro is tied for third with five other golfers at one under, one stroke back of Queens’ Gilberto Pena and Tusculum’s Cameron Dugger for the lead. His five birdies are tied with Dugger and Wanjoo Lee and Ethan Cairns of Coker for most in the tournament. Skiff is one over thus far, good for a three-way tie for 12th.
Carson-Newman and Lincoln Memorial were also unable to complete their rounds Sunday. The Eagles currently lead at even par. Two players finished their rounds and a third was in Bolton’s group on the 18th green with play suspended. Two additional competitors have three holes to play. The Railsplitters are in fifth at 11 over with four players' rounds still incomplete.
Players will complete their first rounds at 8:30 a.m. Monday before second-round tee times begin at 9:30. Tournament officials plan for the entire second round to be completed by Tuesday afternoon and will assess course conditions at 7:00 a.m. Monday.