LELAND, N.C. - Newberry finished sixth of 16 teams at the Cape Fear Intercollegiate this week, stepping up to the challenge of facing a field laden with Division I talent.
The Wolves performed well against 12 of their Division I peers, joining seventh-place Limestone and 12th-place North Carolina Central as the only Division II teams in the event. Newberry struggled to adapt to the challenging course conditions during Sunday's 36 holes but rebounded for a third-round 295, its best round of the tournament by 14 strokes, to leap two spots during the final day.
"This was a very difficult thing to ask of Luke," commented head coach Howard Vroon. "And in addition to losing Carlos from our lineup, the playing conditions were very challenging, with 50 degrees and 20 mph winds. We did not adjust well, and there were times during the 36-hole day that the difficulty of the conditions got the best of us physically, mentally and emotionally. So Sunday was a very challenging day for these Wolves, for many reasons. And we did not meet those challenges very well."
Newberry sat in eighth position, 19 strokes behind leader Jacksonville State, after the second round Sunday. But their best round of the tournament was enough to vault them past La Salle and Limestone and into sixth place. Newberry has now finished in the top five-eighths of all six tournaments in the 2016-17 season, including two wins and a runner-up finish.
Ben Thompson led the Wolves with a 15th-place finish among the 95 competitors, firing a Newberry-best one-under 71 in Monday's final round to finish at 10 over. Harry Bolton was four shots back in a tie for 28th, while Spencer Skiff and Evan DeGrazia finished 37th at 17 over. Atack rebounded from a difficult Sunday to shoot an even-par 72 in the final round and land in 71st.
Newberry returns to action next week at the Lander Bearcat Invitational.
|2||Florida Gulf Coast||311||304||283||898||+34|
|12||North Carolina Central||330||314||311||955||+91|
|16||St. Francis (N.Y.)||348||332||330||1010||+146|