Wolves lead, Thompson and DeGrazia second after 36 holes


CARROLLTON, Ga. — Newberry led the field by five strokes after the first two rounds of the Matt Dyas Invitational hosted by the University of West Georgia, with 18 holes on Tuesday to decide the winner.

The Wolves, ranked No. 6 in Division II by Golfstat, shot two-over on the par-72 course to finish the first round in second place before roaring into the lead with a tournament low, three-under 285 in the second round.

Newberry entered the final day of competition a stroke under par, five shots clear of second-place Belmont Abbey.

Ben Thompson and Evan DeGrazia, who is playing as an individual, were each tied for second one shot out of the lead. Belmont Abbey’s Jacob Scruggs was at three-under for the tournament to lead all competitors.

Thompson’s three-under 69 in the second round was the lowest round for any competitor in the tournament, while DeGrazia shot a 72 and a 70 in his two rounds.

Luke Atack was in fourth place at one-under, one shot behind Thompson and DeGrazia. Spencer Skiff, the leader among all four-year collegiate golfers in the Golfstat Cup rankings, was third on the team and seventh overall at a stroke over par.

Harry Bolton was eighth at two over, while Carlos Leandro finished the day in a tie for 23rd at five over.

Newberry is the only South Atlantic Conference school represented at the 13-team tournament, which is primarily comprised of Gulf South and Peach Belt competition. Newberry’s lead was five shots over second-place Belmont Abbey and 13 strokes over third-place West Georgia.

Tournament play concluded Tuesday.


This release was provided by Newberry College.

This release was provided by Newberry College.

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