UNG Men's Golf Stands In Seventh At Matt Dyas Invitational After 36-Hole Opening Day
CARROLLTON, Georgia – (UNGAthletics.com) – The University of North Georgia men's golf team opened up play at the Matt Dyas Invitational hosted by the University of West Georgia with a 36-hole score of 303-294—597 and stands in seventh place out of 11 teams. The tournament is being held at the par 72 Oak Mountain Golf Club with the final round of the 54-hole event scheduled to start Tuesday morning.
The Nighthawks improved nine strokes from the morning round and stand just two stokes clear of Peach Belt rival Young Harris College. Michael Motz paced the team with a one-under par 71 in the morning followed by an even par 72 in the afternoon as the senior stands in tie for 8th in the 60-player field.
Aaron George carded identical 75's and his 150 is good for a tie for 26th. Will Brackett shaved off seven strokes after lunch improving on his 79 with an even par 72 and sits in a tie for 31st.
Nick Green (81-75—156, t50th) and Austin Booker (78-78—156, t50th) placed the two teammates in a share of 50th place as each contributed one score to the team total on the day.
Host UWG's 287-274—561 leads North Alabama by a distant 19 strokes after the Braves caught fire in the afternoon round posting a team score of 14-under par. The Braves' Charlie Durman leads the field individually with a 72-65—137. Teammate Corey Evans stands in second after a 72-66—138. The duo combined to shoot 13-under par collectively for West Georgia.
The field includes four teams ranked among the top-50 teams in the nation, according to GolfStat.com. There are three teams at this year's invitational that are mentioned in the most recent Golf World/Nike Coaches' Poll. North Alabama checks in as the top-ranked team in the field accoring to the coaches' poll, ranked 13th in the October 16 poll.
In the GolfStat rankings, Clayton State is the highest ranked team, coming in at 17th. UNA is just behind at 21st, with West Georgia at 30th and Delta State at 38th. In the Golf World poll, Clayton State and North Georgia each received votes.