Wolves lead, Thompson and DeGrazia second after 36 holes

Wolves lead, Thompson and DeGrazia second after 36 holes
Monday, October 24, 2016 | by Randall Stewart, Director of Athletic Communciations

CARROLLTON, Ga. – Newberry leads the field by five strokes after the first two rounds of the Matt Dyas Invitational hosted by the University of West Georgia, with 18 holes on Tuesday to decide the winner.

The Wolves, ranked No. 6 in Division II by Golfstat, shot two-over on the par-72 course to finish the first round in second place before roaring into the lead with a tournament low, three-under 285 in the second round. Newberry enters the final day of competition a stroke under par, five shots clear of second-place Belmont Abbey.

Ben Thompson and Evan DeGrazia, who is playing as an individual, are each tied for second one shot out of the lead. Belmont Abbey’s Jacob Scruggs is at three-under for the tournament to lead all competitors. Thompson’s three-under 69 in the second round is the lowest round for any competitor in the tournament, while DeGrazia shot a 72 and a 70 in his two rounds.

Luke Atack is currently in fourth place at one-under, one shot behind Thompson and DeGrazia. Spencer Skiff, the leader among all four-year collegiate golfers in the Golfstat Cup rankings, is third on the team and seventh overall at a stroke over par. Harry Bolton is eighth at two-over, while Carlos Leandro finished the day in a tie for 23rd at five-over.

Newberry is the only South Atlantic Conference school represented at the 13-team tournament, which is primarily comprised of Gulf South and Peach Belt competition. Newberry’s lead is five shots over second-place Belmont Abbey and 13 strokes over third-place West Georgia.

Tournament play concludes with 18 holes on Tuesday.