March 13, 2012

Saints Cruise to 4-Shot Victory at North Georgia Invitational

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DAHLONEGA, GA – The North Georgia men's golf team held off a late charge from the Montevallo Falcons on Tuesday afternoon to capture the 2012 North Georgia Spring Invitational contested at the par-72 Achasta by Reynolds.

The Saints earned their second victory of the year, shooting a team total of 296 in the final round to beat Montevallo by just four strokes. Truett-McConnell finished in third, while Young Harris rounded out the field, finishing fourth. The Saints proved to be in control on their home course as they had six players finish in top 10. 

Aaron George overcame a five shot deficit to capture individual honors as he won the first hole in a three-man playoff with a four-foot par putt. Howard Duffin and Montevallo's Andrew Lowry each failed to extend the playoff as they both missed par putts inside 10 feet.  Montevallo's Joe Haupt finished in fourth place, while Grant Rish and Montevallo's Austin Murphey finished in a tie for fifth.

The win was the first of George's young collegiate career as he followed up an opening round 75 with an even-par 72 in the final round. The Dahlonega, Georgia, native took advantage of his team's home course as he was one of just three players to shoot par or better in the closing round. 

Duffin, who led after day one, faltered down the stretch en route to a five-over-par 77 in the final round. The senior's bid to extend the playoff past the opening hole came up short. The Widemore, England, native continues his strong play with yet another top five finish.

Sophomore Grant Rish continued his steady play with a fifth place finish as he followed up an opening round 75 with a five-over-par 77. 

Matt Rochlin had his best round of the spring as he shaved 10 strokes of his opening round score with an even-par 72 in the final round of the North Georgia Spring Invitational to jump into sole possession of seventh place.

Will Brackett and Jake Martin each jumped into the top 10 in day two as they finished tied for eighth place. Brackett dropped six strokes off his opening round 81 with a final round 75, while Martin shaved four strokes off his opening round 80 on day two. 

Hunter Beach finished in a tie for 14th place as he followed up an opening round 80 with a 79 to wrap up the tournament.

The Saints return to the links in two weeks when they travel to South Carolina to take part in the 36-hole Lander Bearcat Invitational contested at the Greenwood Golf Course.