KIAWAH ISLAND, SC – The North Georgia men's golf team struggled on the final day of the 2010 Kiawah Island Invitational hosted by USC Aiken, falling six spots in the standings to finish 18th at the 6,875-yard, par 72 Cougar Point Golf Course.
The Saints end the tournament with a total team score of 619 (304-315) to conclude the two-day event at 43-over-par and in 18th place overall in the field of 21 teams. North Georgia finished just behind PBC rival Clayton State who stayed step-for-step with the Saints to finish at 42-over-par for the tournament.
Barton College entered the second and final day one stroke behind defending Kiawah Island Invitational champion Georgia College & State University, but Barton rallied with a one-over-par 289 over the final 18 holes, taking the lead and clearing USC Beaufort by two shots to claim the championship. GCSU took third, following by Coker, Flagler, and Armstrong who all tied for fourth at 19-over-par.
Pfeiffer's Luiz Jacintho and Barton's Daniel Claytor both ended their two rounds in a tie for first place individually at 141. Claytor's 68 in the second round was the low individual round of the 2010 Kiawah Island Invitational. Claytor and Jacintho played four playoff holes before Claytor emerged as the individual medalist with a birdie on the fourth playoff hole.
Howard Duffin concluded his strong tournament with a one-over-par 73 to finish the event at three-over-par with a 147 (74-73). His final round 73 moved the junior up 11 places in the standings to finish in a tie for 13 place overall with 10 other players.
Bryson Womack followed an opening round 76 with a final round eight-over-par 80 to finish at 156 and in a tie for 71st place. His 12-over-par performance was one stroke clear of teammate Grant Rish who ended his first-ever collegiate event at 13-over-par following rounds of 79 and 78 to finish in a tie for 74th place with a 157.
Brian Mallory struggled during his final 18 holes, firing a final round 84 to sit at 15-over-par for the tournament and in a tie for 82nd place in the standings. True freshman Dillon Bowers finished his first collegiate tournament in 100th place, stringing together rounds of 82 and 84
respectively to finish at 22-over-par with a 166.
The Saints return to action next week, traveling to the Orchard Golf Club on September 13-14, for the Piedmont Fall Invitational. Follow all the action live at www.SaintsSports.com, including complete video recaps following each round.