Newberry finishes second at Matt Dyas Invitational


Newberry finishes second at Matt Dyas Invitational
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 | by Randall Stewart, Director of Athletic Communciations

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.


Team Standings

Rank   Team Scores  Total   Par 
  1  Belmont Abbey   286  294  285  865   +1
  2  Newberry   290  285  293  868   +4
t 3  North Alabama   297  297  288  882   +18
t 3  West Georgia   300  288  294  882   +18
  5  Young Harris   298  303  294  895   +31
  6  West Alabama   302  295  303  900   +36
t 7  Clayton State   295  299  308  902   +38
t 7  Lewis   298  298  306  902   +38
t 9  North Georgia   314  300  302  916   +52
t 9  North Greenville   306  298  312  916   +52
t 11  Christian Brothers   310  312  306  928   +64
t 11  Mississippi College   313  300  315  928   +64
  13  Shorter   314  329  328  971   +107

 


Newberry Players

Newberry   290 285 293   868    +4   2nd
Ben Thompson   73 69 73   215    -1   t-2nd
Luke Atack   71 72 74   217    +1   t-4th
Evan DeGrazia#   72 70 75   217    +1   t-4th
Spencer Skiff   71 74 73   218    +2   t-6th
Harry Bolton   75 71 73   219    +3   t-8th
Carlos Leandro   76 73 74   223    +7   t-21st