Three PBC Teams in Top 5 at UNG Invite; USCA 4th at Firestone

Lander's Conor Richards
Lander's Conor Richards

Three Peach Belt Conference men's golf teams were among the top five at the 4th Annual UNG Fall Invitational while USC Aiken finished in fourth place among a field of all Division I schools at the Firestone Invitational.

Lander 2nd, GSW 3rd and UNG 5th at Fall Invitational

Dahlonega, Ga. – Lander sophomore Conor Richards notched his second career top-five showing on Tuesday as the No. 23-ranked Bearcat men's golf team finished second at the UNG Fall Invitational.  Richards tied with North Georgia's Joseph Jarrard who fired a two-under 70 in the final round.  GSW's Vincent Norrman finished in fourth place.

Lander (292-280-295=867, +3), which entered Tuesday atop the 13-team leaderboard, carded a seven-over final round to slip out of the top spot. Newberry topped the field leaderboard with a three-round total of two-under par while Georgia Southwestern, Carson-Newman and North Georgia filled out the top five. Young Harris was sixth, Clayton State ninth, Georgia College 10th and Flagler 11th in the 13-team field.
 
For Richards (74-66-69=209, -7), the second-place finish was the sixth top-10 showing of his career. The Hampshire, England, native finished his final two rounds under par to end the tournament just one shot back of medalist Carlos Leandro of Newberry (-8).

James Bartlett (74-69-74=217, +1), finished tied for 11th place while Jon Parker (67-73-78=218, +2) tied for 15th place. 

Michael Brodie (77-72-74=223, +7) ended the tournament with a share of 30th place and Garrett Atkinson (77-77-78=232, +16) completed the Bearcat contingency at the event in a tie for 54th place.

Georgia Southwestern's Ryan Cahill fired a career best 6-under par 66 on Tuesday to lead the Hurricanes to a third place finish. The 66 shattered Cahill's previous low round of 72 and tied for the second best round in Hurricane golf history.

GSW (868) posted a 279 as a team on the par 72, 6,967-yard course to finish the tournament six strokes behind winner Newberry College (862) and one stroke behind runner-up Lander (867).

The 279 was the best round of the day and helped the Hurricanes jump five spots in the final standings after finishing day one in a tie for eighth place.

Vincent Norrman followed up a 5-under par first day with a 1-under 71 to finish the tournament in fourth place on the individual leaderboard (210). Carlos Leandro of Newberry College took medalist honors at 208 with a round of 68 on the final day.     

Nix Duncan (75-76-71) and Wil Hernandez (81-70-71) both carded a 71 to move up 11 spots and finish tied for 25th, while Oly Brown turned in his second consecutive round of 5-over par (78-77-77) to tie for 54th.

Led by Jarrard's second-place finish, the University of North Georgia men's golf team finished fifth out of 13 teams.

Jarrard finished one stroke behind the tournament champion with a seven-under-par 209. Also finishing in the top-10 for the Nighthawks was Logan Archer, who tied for second with a one-under 215.

Carlos Leandro moved up three spots on the leaderboard thanks to a 4-under 68 in the final round to finish atop the 76-man field with an 8-under 208.

UNG's previous top finish at the Fall Invitational was ninth in 2014. 

Young Harris' David Wallin finished in a tie for ninth place after opening play with a 69.  Wallin was even-par for the tournament, one stroke ahead of Valter Andersson.  YHC finished one stroke behind UNG for sixth place.

Jack Clark and Luke Spooner led Clayton State with three-over 219 and a ties for 18th place.  Clark fired a 71 in his final round to jump up to that spot.  Georgia College's Thomas Hodges was the low Bobcat in a tie for 25th place while Flagler's Jack Kegelmeyer was also tied for 25th following a final-round 73.

Pacers Take Fourth At Firestone Invitational

AKRON, Ohio – The No. 9 University of South Carolina Aiken golf team posted a fourth-place finish at the Firestone Invitational, which wrapped up Tuesday afternoon.

Head coach Michael Carlisle's team posted a three-round tally of 19-over par, 883. Illinois State won the event. Cincinnati and Akron followed ISU onto the medal stand.

The Pacers were led by redshirt-senior Johnson Holliday, who notched a fourth-place finish at the event. Holliday tallied a 68-77-70, which was good enough for one-under par, 215.

Dan Sheehan accounted for a 16th-place effort with his three-over par, 219. He posted scores of 75-71-73.

Axel Ostensson nabbed a top-25 performance with a six-over par, 222. He garnered scores of 71-76-75.

George Eubank tied for 69th with a 16-over par, 232. He registered scores of 77-74-81.

Top Kamnark tied for 86th with a 29-over par, 245. Kamnark recorded scores of 85-72-88.

The Pacers return to action Oct. 16-17 at the Copperhead Championship, which will be played in Tampa, Fla.