DAHLONEGA, Ga. — Newberry came within three strokes of a school record in the first round of the UNG Fall Invitational on Monday, shooting a blistering 12-under 276 to open up a three-shot lead on the field.
The Wolves’ first-round score was its second-best round on record, three shots behind a 273 at the Mid Carolina Club in Prosperity on Sept. 19, 2009. Newberry had five golfers in the top 15, each of which finished under par, and is three strokes clear of Columbus State in the 12-team field. The Wolves came within two strokes of equaling Lee University’s tournament record for a single round set last season.
Spencer Skiff finished the day one stroke off the lead with a five-under 67, chasing only David Wallin of Young Harris in the 68-player field. Evan DeGrazia and Ben Thompson each fired a three-under 69 to land in a seven-way tie for sixth place.
Luke Atack gave the Wolves their fourth score with a one-under 71, while Carlos Leandro also finished at one-under competing as an individual. Atack and Leandro were two of 15 golfers deadlocked in 15th position. Harry Bolton ended his day in a tie for 51st position at seven strokes over par.
Twenty-nine golfers, nearly half of the field, finished the first round under par at the Achasta Golf Club, helping seven of the 12 teams in attendance to shoot below par in the round. Newberry’s lead is three shots; Columbus State (-9), Lander (-8), Young Harris (-6), and Georgia College (-5) round out the top five, while three other teams sit within 13 strokes of the Wolves.
Tournament play concluded Tuesday. Results were not available.
This release was provided by Newberry College.