CARROLLTON, Ga. – Hard-charging Belmont Abbey overtook Newberry on Tuesday afternoon in the final round of the Matt Dyas Invitational hosted by West Georgia, ekeing out a three-stroke victory to deny Newberry a second consecutive tournament victory.
Belmont Abbey fired a three-under 285 in the final round, equaling Newberry’s second-round performance on Monday for the lowest of any team in attendance, to erase a five-stroke deficit. The Crusaders finished at a stroke over par for the tournament to best the Wolves by three shots. While Newberry finished at five over as a team on Tuesday, three Belmont Abbey golfers fired a one-under 71 and the fourth was even par through the final 18 holes.
Both Belmont Abbey and Newberry distanced themselves from the remainder of the 13-team field, with North Alabama and host West Georgia tied for third at 18 over par.
Newberry placed all four scorers plus Evan DeGrazia, playing as an individual, in the top eight of the final leaderboard at three-over or better. Belmont Abbey had three of the top eight but saw Jake Scruggs earn individual medalist honors at four-under, three shots ahead of teammate Nick Stafford and Newberry’s Ben Thompson in second place.
DeGrazia and Luke Atack finished tied for fourth at a stroke over par for the tournament. Spencer Skiff tied with Belmont Abbey’s Levi Kettelhut for sixth at two over, with Harry Bolton joining golfers from three other institutions in eighth place at three over. Carlos Leandro finished one spot outside the top-20 at seven over.
Newberry is ranked ninth in the latest Golfstat rankings, placing them first in the Southeast Region and seventh among teams from the combined South and Southeast Regions. Belmont Abbey is currently the nation’s No. 33 team according to Golfstat.