Bolton second, Wolves fifth at Matt Dyas Invitational


Bolton second, Wolves fifth at Matt Dyas Invitational
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 | by Randall Stewart, Director of Athletic Communications

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.


Rob Cull finished at eight-over for the tournament to tie for 47th place overall. Jean van Niekerk, competing as an individual, was 13-over in a tie for 63rd position.


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.


Team Standings

Rank   Team Scores  Total   Par 
t 1  Clayton State   290  292  582   +6
t 1  Young Harris   285  297  582   +6
t 3  Lee   292  291  583   +7
t 3  North Georgia   287  296  583   +7
  5  Newberry   294  290  584   +8
  6  North Alabama   296  290  586   +10
  7  Christian Brothers   291  299  590   +14
  8  Mississippi College   295  299  594   +18
  9  West Georgia   301  294  595   +19
  10  King University   295  301  596   +20
  11  Union   307  297  604   +28
  12  West Alabama   303  305  608   +32
  13  Tusculum   296  313  609   +33
  14  Lewis   311  303  614   +38
  15  Albany State   313  313  626   +50

Newberry Players 

Newberry   294  290    584    +8   5th
Harry Bolton   68  73    141    -3   t-2nd
Spencer Skiff   75  71    146    +2   t-15th
Ben Thompson   75  73    148    +4   t-25th
Carlos Leandro   76  73    149    +5   t-34th
Rob Cull   76  76    152    +8   t-47th
Jean van Niekerk#   73  84    157    +13   t-63rd