POOLER, GA – The North Georgia men's golf team fired their best round of the tournament of Tuesday afternoon, but stayed in 11th place overall at the 2011 Peach Belt Conference Championships at Savannah Quarters Country Club.
Flagler finished the tournament with an eight-over-par 872, 16 strokes better than surprise runner-up UNC Pembroke, who was the only other school to break 300 on the day with a 297, ending up at 888. Armstrong (890) and Georgia College (892) finished fourth and fifth, respectively, while USC Aiken finished fifth. North Georgia rounded out the field in 11th place overall with a final round 315 for a three-day total of 969.
The individual race was drama-filled as second-round leader Billy Shida of Georgia College and Flagler's Joel Dahlenburg - playing in the same group - went to the back nine in a head-to-head duel for the individual title. The pivotal hole was the par-3 No. 12, where Dahlenburg recorded his first career hole-in-one, while Shida recorded a double-bogey for a four-stroke swing.
Dahlenburg went 3-under on the back nine to finish the day with a 69 to win by three strokes over Shida and teammate Chris Bray of Flagler. Shida never recovered from the double bogey on 12, going +5 on the back nine to slip to second, finishing the day with a 75 and wrapping up the tournament with a two-under-par 214 total. Jonathan McCurry (216) of UNC Pembroke and Rourke Van der Spuy (216) of Columbus State each finished tied for fourth to earn All-Tournament honors along with Shida, Bray and Dahlenburg.
Howard Duffin was the high finisher for North Georgia with a trio of rounds in the 70's, including Tuesday's final round 79 to put the junior at 18-over-par for the championship in a tie for 32nd place overall.
Bryson Womack shot a 6-over-par 78 during the final round to finish in a tie for 44th place, while Brian Mallory and Grant Rish finished in 47th and 50th place respectively with finals rounds of 76 and 83. Matt Rochlin finished alone in 53rd place overall at 39-over-par for the tournament following a final round 82.