September 27, 2011

Men's Golf Takes 14th at Flagler's 54-Hole Tournament

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: David Beall, jdbeall@northgeorgia.edu

ST. AUGUSTINE, FL – The North Georgia men's golf team dropped six spots in the standings during the final two rounds of the Jay Jennison Memorial Tournament to finish in 14th place at the par 72 Palencia Golf Club.

Hosted by Flagler College, the 54-hole event was scheduled to play 36 holes on Monday, but lightning cut the second round short and forced players to resume play early Tuesday morning. 

All 15 teams were shuttled back to where they left off on Monday afternoon and it looked good for the Saints early when Bryson Womack found the bottom of the cup with a birdie putt over 16 hours after he put an iron shot to within 10 feet shortly before the weather horn sounded.

The early birdie putt was not an inclination of what was to come however, as North Georgia struggled during the second round and shot a tournament-high 324. Howard Duffin's 78 was the team's low score of the second round, followed by Grant Rish's 79 and Aaron George's 83. 

The team bounced back in the final round however, cutting 12 shots off the team score, including a trio of scores in the 70's to finish at 938 for the event and 74-over-par for the championship.

Finishing in 14th place overall, North Georgia edged PBC rival Montevallo by one shot, as the Falcons rounded out the field at 75-over-par for the tournament. 

Wilmington (Del.) captured the team title, running away from the field for a nine shot victory at 17-over-par. Eckerd College and Wingate were knotted for the second-best team score at 26-over-par, while Armstrong Atlantic and Valdosta State finished tied and rounded out the top five.

Eckerd's Jeff Evanier came out on top in the individual race for the title, firing a five-under-par 211 to clear Wilmington's Daniel Ott by two shots. Flagler's Joel Dahlenburg finished at two-under-par and alone in third place, while Wingate's Brian Denton was the only other player in the red figures at one-under, good for fourth place overall. 

George set the pace for North Georgia in the championship with a 15-over-par 231 (74-83-74), good for a tie for 32nd place overall. In his first collegiate event, the Dahlonega, Georgia, native was impressive with nine birdies in 54 holes.

Duffin and Rish recorded identical 17-over-par 233's for the event and tied for 44th place overall. Rish fired the low round for the team in the opening round with an even-par 72, including back-to-back birdies to close out the day. Duffin was the most consistent player for the squad, logging all three rounds in the 70's (77-78-78). 

Matt Rochlin and Womack tied for 75th place at 34-over-par. Womack was strong out of the gate with an opening round 79, while Rochlin saved his best for last with a six-over-par 78 to close out the tournament.

The Saints will go right back to work next week at the Montevallo Invitational in Alabama. The 54-hole event will played at the Timberline Golf Club with 36 holes on Monday, October 3, followed by 18 holes on Tuesday.