September 6, 2011

Duffin in Contention as Saints Compete at Kiawah

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Kiawah Island, SC - Senior Howard Duffin shot a two-under-par 70 to help the North Georgia men's golf team move within striking distance after the first round at the 2011 Kiawah Island Intercollegiate.

Four Peach Belt Conference schools sit in the top 10 after the opening round at the eighth annual Kiawah Island Intercollegiate. Georgia Southwestern shot a four-under-par 284 to hold a nine shot lead over host USC-Aiken. Georgia College and Armstrong Atlantic find themselves in a fourth-place tie, twelve shots off the pace set by the Hurricanes.

The Saints currently sit in 14th place overall following an opening round 25-over-par 313. Monday's round put North Georgia 13 shots out of 10th place, and three shots ahead of 15th place Catawba College, while USC Aiken is just two shots clear of the Saints in ninth place with a 14-over-par 302.

USC Aiken's Taylor Welborn and Georgia Southwestern's JP Griffith are tied for the individual lead after the first round. Welborn and Griffith each fired a four-under-par 68.

Duffin's 70 was the low round of the day for North Georgia and left him in a tie for fifth place, just two strokes behind the individual leaders after the first day of action. Bryson Womack shot a seven-over-par 79 in his first round of the 2011-12 season, which left him in a tie for 55th place.

The two other members of the Saints to score on Monday were Grant Rish and Jake Martin who each shot a 10-over-par 82, good enough for a six-way tie for 67th place.

The second and final day of the two-round, 36-hole 2011 Kiawah Island Intercollegiate will be played tomorrow, Tuesday, September 6. The 2011 Kiawah Island Invitational features 17 teams, including five from the Peach Belt Conference.