Tue, Oct 03, 2017 - [Men's Golf]
Eric Wowor (left) and Blake Watson (right) were Point's third and fourth-best finishers at the USCB Invitational, Oct. 2-3
Eric Wowor (left) and Blake Watson (right) were Point's third and fourth-best finishers at the USCB Invitational, Oct. 2-3

PALM HARBOR, Fla.   The Point University men's golf team totaled 926 strokes (74 over par) for 54 holes and placed seventh among 18 schools and just seven strokes out of sixth place at the 2017 University of South Carolina-Beaufort Invitational at the Innisbrook Resort-Copperhead Course in Innisbrook, Florida, Oct. 2-3.


The Skyhawks, ranked 18th in the current NAIA National Men's Golf Coaches Poll, were tied for eighth after Monday's first 18-hole round and moved up to seventh place during Monday's second round and maintained that position through the third round on Tuesday.  Point was one of eight teams in the tournament that is ranked among the nation's top 31 teams.


Point senior Francisco de Oliveira (Algarve, Portugal), the reigning Conference Player of the Year and a returning NAIA All-American, tied for ninth place among the 96 total golfers with a 54-hole total of 224 (+11), 10 strokes behind the leader and shot rounds of 77, 73 and 74 on the par 71 Copperhead course.


Number one-ranked Oklahoma City University won the USCB Invitational with 691 strokes (39 over par), just one stroke better than number two-ranked Dalton State University (Ga.) with 692 (+40).  Oklahoma City's four scoring golfers totaled three consecutive rounds of 297.  Number four-ranked Johnson and Wales University (Fla.) placed third in the tournament with a 54-hole total of 899 (+47), and number nine-ranked South Carolina-Beaufort totaled 903 (+51) and placed fourth in the event.


Number five-ranked Coastal Georgia placed fifth in the team standings with a 909 (+57), and number six-ranked Keiser University (Fla.) finished sixth in the tournament with a total of 919 (+67), seven ahead of 18th-ranked Point University with 926 (+74).


First-place honors in the individual standings went to Rupert Kaminski from Oklahoma City who shot rounds of 71, 73 and 70 for a one-over par, 54-hole total of 214 , just one stroke ahead of Newport Laparojkit from South Carolina-Beaufort, who shot rounds of 69, 72 and 74 for a 54-hole total of 215 (+2).  One more stroke back was S.M. Lee from Dalton State, who completed rounds of 75, 70 and 71 for an even-par total of 216 (+3).  Toby Graves from Keiser University placed fourth with a 217 (+4), including rounds of 75, 69 and 73, and Sport Allmond from Dalton State finished fifth with a 221 (+8).


Besides de Oliviera's three-day total of 224, good for a top 10 finish, senior Maddux Lytle (Newnan, GA) tied for 16th with a 14-over par, 54-hole total of 227, including rounds of 78, 75 and 74.  Sophomore Blake Watson (Newnan, GA) tied for 54th with rounds of 79, 77 and 83 for a 54-hole total of 239 (+26), and freshman Eric Wowor (Johannesburg, South Africa) tied for 58th with a 54-hole total of 240 (27 over par) with rounds of 78, 82 and 80.


Freshman Tanner Lee (Newnan, GA) tied for 69th place and totaled 244 (+31) with rounds of 79, 86 and 79.


NEXT COMPETITION:  The Point University men's golf team, coached by Steven Paine, competes next in the Appalachian Athletics Conference Fall Championships, hosted by the Skyhawks at the Bull Creek Golf Club in Columbus, Ga., Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 9-10.

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