Wolves finish sixth of 16 at Division I tournament


Wolves finish sixth of 16 at Division I tournament
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 | by Randall Stewart, Director of Athletic Communications

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.


Newberry faced adversity on Sunday when Carlos Leandro injured his wrist as the team arrived at the course on Sunday, pressing Luke Atack into the lineup despite not having played a practice round.


"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
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Team Standings

 Rank   Team Scores  Total   Par 
  1  Jacksonville State 305 295 290 890 +26
  2  Florida Gulf Coast  311 304 283 898 +34
  3  Appalachian State  304 304 297 905 +41
t 4  UT Arlington  306 297 307 910 +46
t 4  USC Beaufort  314 301 295 910 +46
  6  Newberry  309 310 295 914 +50
  7  Limestone  315 300 300 915 +51
t 8  Longwood  315 307 299 921 +57
t 8  Fairleigh Dickinson  315 306 300 921 +57
t 8  La Salle  311 306 304 921 +57
  11  Northern Kentucky  326 317 306 949 +85
  12  North Carolina Central  330 314 311 955 +91
t 13  Fairfield  327 320 311 958 +94
t 13  Iona  321 326 311 958 +94
  15  Hampton  329 338 319 986 +122
  16  St. Francis (N.Y.)  348 332 330 1010 +146

 


Newberry Players

Newberry   309 310 295   914    +50   6th
Ben Thompson   77 78 71   226    +10   t-15th
Harry Bolton   77 78 75   230    +14   t-28th
Evan DeGrazia   75 81 77   233    +17   t-37th
Spencer Skiff   80 73 80   233    +17   t-37th
Luke Atack   86 87 72   245    +29   71st