February 14, 2012

Duffin Leads Saints to 5th Place Finish at Coastal Georgia Invite

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ST. SIMONS ISLAND, GA – The North Georgia men's golf team followed up an opening round aggregate score of 301 with a second total of 304 on Tuesday afternoon to capture fifth place at the Coastal Georgia Invitational contested at the par-72 Sea Island Golf Club. 

Despite the field doubling in size, the Saints improved on their sixth place from last year at the CGI, dropping their aggregate score by over 30 strokes.

Darton College shot a tournament total of 581 (295-286) to run away with a 21 shot victory over Coasta Georgia, Shorter and USC Beafort who all tied for second with a two-round score of 602. 

North Georgia finished in sole possession of fifth place, just three shots behind the three-team logjam at second place and a comfortable 16 shots ahead of sixth place Faulkner.

Darton College's Joe Sakulpophasian finished the tournament with a two-round total of 133 (67-66) to earn individual honors as he cruised to a nine-shot victory over USC Beaufort's Mark Phillip. North Georgia's Howard Duffin picked up where he left off in the fall, finishing with an even-par 144 (70-74) to sit in sole possession of third place, while Georgia Southern's Drew Guffey finished in fourth. Rounding out the top five were Will Evans of Georgia Southern and Dylan Freeman of Coastal Georgia. 

Duffin was once again the two-round low scorer for the Saints following up a two-under 70 with a two-over 74.

Following Duffin was sophomore Grant Rish, who followed his opening round 76 with a final round 77 giving him a tournament total of 153, which was good enough for a share of 24th place. 

The freshman duo of Will Brackett and Aaron George continue to impress on the links. George fired a two-round total of 151 (78-73) and was one of three saints to improve on their opening round score. George finished in a tie for 14th place.

Brackett dropped four shots in the second round following an opening round 77 with a nine-over par 81. When all was said and done Brackett held a share of 41st place. 

The other two members of the Saints scoring both improved on their opening round totals. Matt Rochlin shaved seven strokes off his opening round 87 in round two to finish with a tournament total of 167, which was good enough for a share of 64th place, while Jake martin cut an impressive 11 strokes off his opening round 87 in round two to finish in sole possession of 52nd place.

The Saints return to the links on in two weeks when they travel to Savannah, Georgia to take part in the AASU Pirate Invitational February 26-28.