DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Newberry’s dominance was on full display Tuesday afternoon as the Wolves shot a final-round 276, tying Monday’s first-round effort for the best score of the tournament, to win the UNG Fall Invitational by nine strokes at 33 under par and sweep the top two positions in the individual standings.
The Wolves blistered both the field and their previous 54-hole record. Newberry completed the course in 831 strokes, 13 shots clear of the old mark that had stood since the 2010 Bearcat Classic in Greenwood. Newberry shot 12-, nine-, and 12-under in the three rounds to distance itself from the field, pulling away on Tuesday afternoon with the best round of the day by an eight-stroke margin.
Spencer Skiff was the model of consistency throughout the tournament, firing three identical rounds of 67 to finish at 15 strokes under par and claim individual medalist honors. Ben Thompson took the runner-up position with a strong finish, following up a second-round 66 with a three-under 69 on the final day of competition.
Skiff’s 201 shattered the previous 54-hole school record of 207, which was set by Daniel Stanley at the 2010 Bearcat Classic, while Thompson also came in under the old mark at 204. Skiff and the Wolves each set UNG Fall Invitational tournament records for low scores. Thompson’s second-round 66 is the third-lowest single-round score in school history.
“This was a very impressive performance by these Wolves," remarked head coach Howard Vroon. "On a good golf course with great greens and great weather, the scoring was very low. We shot 21-under on Monday and only had a one-shot lead over Lander and only four shots over Columbus State.
"In that tight situation we came out and played with tremendous discipline and self-control today, shooting 276 (-12) in breezy conditions that had the course playing harder than on Monday. The next closest round was 284 by Lander. That was very impressive to watch. I could not be happier for these Wolves. They train very hard, and they are starting to reap the rewards of that training. They are a formidable team, and I would like to congratulate them on this record setting performance.”
Both Newberry golfers surged past Lander’s Michael Pospisil, who entered the day with the lead but fell to third with a two-over 74. He was 10 strokes under par, five strokes behind Skiff and two behind Thompson. Montevallo’s Justin Wood was fourth at nine under, while three golfers tied for fifth at eight under par.
Harry Bolton rebounded from an opening-round 79 to finish at even par for the Wolves, tying for 22nd overall. Luke Atack finished at four-over and Evan DeGrazia nine-over. Carlos Leandro shot a three-under 213 to tie for 13th position playing as an individual.
Half of the 12-team field finished at even par or better. Following Lander’s runner-up performance was Columbus State at 14 strokes behind the Wolves, with Georgia College and Queens tying for fourth 28 strokes back. Individually, 22 golfers shot par or better.
Newberry will next turn its sights to the State Farm Intercollegiate, hosted by Lincoln Memorial in Tazewell, Tennessee next Monday and Tuesday.
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