February 28, 2012

Saints Finish 11th at Armstrong Pirate Invitational

Contact: Steve Cunha,

POOLER, GA – The North Georgia men's golf team followed up an opening round 304 with a 316 on Tuesday to finish in 11th place at the Armstrong Pirate Men's Invitational contested at the par-71 Savannah Quarters Country Club.

Heavy rains on Monday shortened the 54-hole tournament to just 36 holes, and teams completed between 10 and 16 holes on Monday.

A shotgun start on Tuesday saw Georgia College finish up the first round holding a seven stroke lead over UNC Pembroke and an eight stroke lead over Armstrong, but the Bobcats put together the second lowest round of the tournament to capture the win.

The Bobcats cruised to a 15-stroke victory over the Braves with host Armstrong in third, Wingate in fourth and Clayton State and Belmont Abbey tied for fifth.

The Bobcats' Patrick Garrett fired a five-under-par 66 to claim the individual title after carding an even-par 71 in the first round. Armstrong's Gus Wagoner came in second with Belmont Abbey's Adam Hedges and the Bobcats Ryan Trocchio tied for third and the Braves Jonathan McCurry and Scott Lambert tying for fifth.

The inclement weather and condensed tournament affected the Saints as they suffered the biggest drop in scores in the entire field from the opening round.

Freshman Aaron George was the low scorer for North Georgia following up an opening round 74 with a four-over-par 75. The two-round total of 149 left George in a tie for 15th.

Coming in behind George was senior Howard Duffin. Duffin wrapped up the Pirate Invitational by firing an 11-over-par 82 leaving him in a tie for 48th place.

Matt Rochlin was the lone member of the Saints to improve on his opening round score following up an opening round 79 with a seven-over-par 78 to finish in a tie for 53rd.

Grant Rish followed up an opening 77 with an 81 to finish in a tie for 56th, while Jake Martin fired a two-round total of 172 (83-89) to finish in 74th place.

The Saints return to the links in two weeks, March 12-13, when they host their first tournament program history at Achasta Golf Club.