CARROLLTON, Ga. – Newberry improved by four shots on the final day of competition at the 2017 Matt Dyas Invitational but was denied in a bid for a school-record third straight victory, finishing in fifth place just two shots back of Clayton State and Young Harris.
Clayton State was declared the winner on a scorecard playoff over 2017 NCAA South/Southeast Regional participant Young Harris, with fellow Regional foe Lee and host North Georgia tying for third one shot ahead of the Wolves. Newberry’s eight-over 584 was two shots clear of sixth—place North Alabama, which joined the Wolves at last season’s NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championships.
Harry Bolton claimed his second straight top-five finish with a runner-up effort at three shots under par. His round included three birdies as he finished with a one-over 73, two shots off the pace set by West Georgia’s Samuel Jones.
Bolton, the 36th-ranked golfer in Division II according to Golfstat, has finished no worse than seventh in Newberry’s three tournaments thus far this season. He is averaging 70.88 strokes per round.
Spencer Skiff was second for the Wolves with a 15th-place finish at two strokes over par. Skiff was one-under for the day with three birdies to improve by four shots over his first-round score. Ben Thompson and Carlos Leandro were four and five over par, respectively, to land in 25th and 34th positions on the leaderboard.
The tournament was shortened to 36 holes due to downpours in the Carrollton area Monday morning. Competitors played one round each day instead of the scheduled two rounds Monday with a final round Tuesday.
Newberry has now finished in the top five-eighths of the field in each of its last 14 tournaments dating back to the start of the 2016-17 season. The Wolves’ final competition of the fall portion of the schedule comes next week at The McDonough Cup, hosted by Rollins at Rio Pinar Country Club in Orlando, Florida.
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