April 10, 2012

Saints Hold Strong in 9th Place at Peach Belt Championships

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PINE MOUNTAIN, GA – The North Georgia men's golf team wrapped up the 2012 Peach Belt Conference Championships on Tuesday afternoon, shooting a team total 310 at the par-72 Callaway Gardens en route to a ninth place finish. 

The Saints held off a charging Montevallo squad to improve on their 11th place finish from a year ago.

The low scorer for the Saints for the third straight tournament was freshman Aaron George. George concluded his stellar freshman campaign with a three-over-par 75 to land in a tie for 32nd place. George began the final round with four straight pars before bogeying the par 4 fifth. He would respond with five straight pars before dropping at shot on the 11th hole. In his final round of the spring George recorded a birdie and 13 pars. 

Two strokes behind George was sophomore Grant Rish who fired a five-over-par 77 to finish in a tie 40th place. Rish got off to a rocky start bogeying two of his first three holes before birdying the par 4 fourth. In total Rish pared nine holes and birdied two in his final round of the spring.

One shot back of Rish was senior Howard Duffin who concluded his career at North Georgia with a six-over-par 78 en route to a share of 43rd place. In his last round as a Saint Duffin recorded 13 pars to tie George for a team-high. Duffin did not record a birdie in his round but at one point he pared six consecutive holes before bogeying the par 4 18th. 

Will Brackett put a lid on his freshman campaign firing an eight-over-par 80 to land in 45th place overall. In his final competitive round of the spring Brackett recorded a birdie and 11 pars. He got off to a solid start paring the first two holes before double bogeying the par 3 third. He would rebound nicely after a bogey on the fourth with three consecutive pars.

In his last tournament as a Saint Matt Rochlin shot a 10-over-par 82 to finish in 54th place. Rochlin got off to a good start paring four of the first five holes he played. He ran into some trouble bogeying six and seven back-to-back, but rebounded with a par on the eighth. In total Rochlin pared 10 holes including each of the last three.