February 21, 2011

Men's Golf in 10th Place at AASU Pirate Invitational

SAVANNAH, GA – The North Georgia men's golf team is in 10th place in the field of 11 teams after day one of the Armstrong Atlantic Pirate Invitational at Savannah Quarters Country Club.

The first two rounds were completed on Monday as North Georgia found themselves in fourth place following the opening round, firing a 301 to tie the best score in program history, but the afternoon round proved to be a challenge for the Saints, putting together a 328 to slip back five spots to No. 10.

Armstrong Atlantic led by four strokes after the opening 18 holes, but Flagler College holds the overnight lead at 24-over-par, leading host AASU by two strokes, while UNC Pembroke is third, sitting 18 strokes off the pace. Georgia Southwestern and Mount Olive round out the top five, while North Georgia is two strokes better than PBC rival Clayton State University who is currently in 11th place at 71-over par.

Flagler's Joel Dahlenburg leads the field at even-par heading to Tuesday's final round after recording rounds of 69 and 71 on the 6,793-yard par-70 course. Armstrong Atlantic's Matt Motes and Gus Wagoner sit jus two strokes of the pace at 2-over-par.

Howard Duffin was the most consistent for the Saints during the opening day, putting together rounds of 76 and 78 for a 154 total and a 14-over-par score as the junior is in a seven-way tie for 24th place.

Teammate Brian Mallory had the low round of the day with a 2-over-par 72 in the morning, but the senior was 15-over-par in the afternoon and is tied for 37th place overall with a 157.

Matt Rochlin is in 44th place at 19-over-par, while Grant Rish was 16 shots better in the morning than the afternoon and will head into Tuesday's finale at 22-over-par in 52nd position. Dillon Bowers is tied for 62nd position, sitting at 33-over-par through the first 36 holes.

The 11-team field returns to action on Tuesday for the third and final round of the Armstrong Atlantic Pirate Invitational hosted at Savannah Quarters Country Club. Shotgun tee times are slated to start at 8:00 a.m. with North Georgia going off on the 8th, 9th, and 10th holes.