October 4, 2011

Saints Capture Montevallo Invite, Duffin Takes 2nd Place

Contact: Steve Cunha, sjcunh2033@northgeorgia.edu

CALERA, AL – The North Georgia men's golf team carded a school record, two-round total of 578 (293-285) to steamroll the competition en route to capturing their first victory of the year at the Montevallo Invitational held at the par-71 Timberline Golf Club.

The Saints topped their school record for lowest scoring round, which they set in round one, by eight strokes. The 36-hole aggregate score of 578 tops the previous record of 603 shot at the Lander Beercat Classic held last March by 25 strokes. 

The first place finish was the first for North Georgia since last October when they won the Mountain Lion Invitational.

The Saints defeated second place Catawba College by 14 strokes, while host Montevallo and Birmingham Southern finished third and fourth respectively. The top four scorers for North Georgia all finished in the top 10. 

As a team, the Saints recorded 30 birdies and they were the lowest scoring team on the par 3's and par 4's.

Wilson McDonald of UAB was the only player to shoot under-par in both rounds and narrowly defeated North Georgia's Howard Duffin by one stroke. Montevallo's Andrew Lowery finished in third with Birmingham Souhern's Landon Michelson and North Georgia's Aaron George rounding out the top five. 

Duffin set a school record in the final round of the tournament, firing a four-under-par 67. Duffin's two round total of 138 (71, 67) is also a school record. For the tournament, Duffin recorded the most birdies (12) and was the low scorer in par 4's (-4).

Aaron George finished his second tournament as a member of the Saints with an even par 71, giving him a two-day total of 145 (74, 71) good enough for sole possession of fifth place. The even-par 71 is George's lowest round as a member of the Saints. 

Sophomore Grant Rish followed up an opening round 71 with a four-over-par 75, giving him a two-day total 146. Rish finished just one stroke behind teammate George for sole possession of sixth place. Rish recorded six birdies and 22 pars, while shooting one-under-par on the par 5's.

Will Brackett wrapped up his first collegiate tournament with a one-over-par 72, giving him a two-day total of 149 (77,72). Bracket finished the Montevallo Invitational in a tie for 10th place. He also led all members of the team with 25 pars. 

Benjamin Jarrard ended his first tournament of the fall with a two-day total of 165 (82, 83) good enough for sole possession of 31st place.

The Saints return to the links on October 16, when they travel to Florida to take part in the 54-hole Will Wilson Intercollegiate.