HILTON HEAD — Newberry finished out the Pfeiffer University Invitational at the Hilton Head Lakes Golf Club with their best team finish since the beginning of last season, with all five competitors posting the best 36-hole scores of their careers and four Wolves finishing among the top 13.
The Wolves finished the tournament at 21 strokes over par, finishing second to South Atlantic Conference rival Anderson by a single stroke. As a team the Wolves posted a 597, its lowest 36-hole score since computerized records began in the 2004-2005 season. Newberry’s previous best 36-hole score came at the 2012 Patsy Rendleman Invitational, which the Wolves won by 17 strokes with a 22-over 598.
Leading the charge was sophomore Johana Lunackova who finished in a three-way tie for first before falling to Pfeiffer’s Meghan Holbrooks on the second playoff hole. She became the first Newberry player to finish atop the leaderboard since Marianna Monaco’s win at the 2013 version of the Patsy Rendleman Invitational.
Lunackova tied her career low with a 73, which she set yesterday on Day One of the tournament. She posted a 146 overall, a career best by eight strokes. This performance secured her the first top-five finish of her career.
Nabila Inak joined Lunackova on the all-tournament team, climbing the leaderboard today and battling her way to a fourth-place finish after beginning the day in 15th with an even-par 72 in the second round. Her 148 is a career low as well as her fourth top-five finish.
Taylor Lance, Brette Bryant and Aubrey Guyton also fared well on Day Two by showcasing career bests of their own. Lance’s 150 is the best of her three-year career by two strokes as she earned the third top-10 finish of her career.
Three off from Lance, Guyton would finish the tournament with a 153, 11 strokes over par, in 13th, while Bryant posted a 170 to finish 27th in a field of 57 competitors.
Newberry was 15 strokes clear of third-place Erskine, with Mars Hill (+87) and Randolph-Macon (+92) making up the rest of the top five.