HILTON HEAD — Newberry’s best round of golf in over five years, with four players carding career-low scores, has the Wolves squarely in contention at the Pfeiffer University Invitational at The Golf Club at Hilton Head Lakes.
Newberry fired an opening-round 297 to finish the first day two shots off the pace at nine over. It marked the Wolves’ best team score since October 15, 2012 in the first round of the Patsy Rendleman Invitational, a tournament the Wolves went on to win by 17 strokes.
The Wolves are one of three teams squarely in contention as the tournament heads into its final round. South Atlantic Conference foe Anderson paces the field two shots ahead of Newberry at seven over, while Erskine is in third place at 10 over par. Twenty-nine shots separate the Flying Fleet from fourth-place Randolph-Macon in the 11-team field.
Taylor Lance had a career-best 72 to land in a tie for second place with Bridgewater’s Christina Herbert, just two strokes behind leader Meghan Holbrooks of Pfeiffer. She had four birdies on the day. Johana Lunackova’s career-low 73 included three birdies and placed her in a five-way tie for fourth place at one over.
Nabila Inak and Aubrey Guyton gave the Wolves four players in the top 15 at four shots over par. Guyton’s career-best 76 also saw her card three birdies. Brette Bryant had a career-low with a 13-over 85, landing in a tie for 30th among the 57 competitors.