DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Newberry came within three strokes of a school record in the first round of the UNG Fall Invitational on Monday, shooting a blistering 12-under 276 to open up a three-shot lead on the field before a nine-under 279 in the second round.
The Wolves’ first-round score was its second-best round on record, three shots behind a 273 at the Mid Carolina Club in Prosperity on Sept. 19, 2009. Newberry had five golfers in the top 15, each of which finished under par, and is three strokes clear of Columbus State in the 12-team field. The Wolves came within two strokes of equaling Lee University's tournament record for a single round set last season.
Newberry maintained its lead with another stellar performance in the second round, sitting at 21 strokes under par as a team. Lander is one stroke back of the Wolves, with the Bearcats equaling Newberry's 276 in their second round Monday.
Spencer Skiff finished the first round one stroke off the lead with a five-under 67, chasing only David Wallin of Young Harris in the 68-player field. He shot another 67 in the second round and is currently third. Evan DeGrazia and Ben Thompson each fired a three-under 69 to land in a seven-way tie for sixth place. Thompson vaulted to fourth place after the second round with a six-under 66.
Luke Atack gave the Wolves their fourth score with a one-under 71, while Carlos Leandro also finished at one-under competing as an individual. Atack and Leandro were two of 15 golfers deadlocked in 15th position. Harry Bolton ended his round in a tie for 51st position at seven strokes over par. DeGrazia and Atack are now tied for 29th at three-over for the tournament, with Leandro two shots ahead and Bolton two behind.
Twenty-nine golfers, nearly half of the field, finished the first round under par at the Achasta Golf Club, helping seven of the 12 teams in attendance to shoot below par in the first round.
Tournament play concludes with 18 holes on Tuesday.