2018 Men's Golf
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The Point men's golf team won the 2017 Skyhawk Invitational, and Francisco de Oliviera won the individual championship on the
Men's Golf - Tue, Mar. 14, 2017

PINE MOUNTAIN, Ga. – Point University topped a field of 15 schools at its own Skyhawk Invitational, edging Reinhardt University (Ga.) by three strokes and third-place Trevecca Nazarene University (Tenn.) by eight strokes, March 13-14, at the Callaway Gardens Golf Course in Pine Mountain, Ga.  Ninety-two golfers began play on a cold, overcast and rainy Monday and completed a second 18-hole round on a cold and gray Tuesday.


Point scored a 36-hole, two-day total of 599, 23-over par, including four-player totals of 301 on the first day and 298 the second day on the par 72, 7057-yard Mountain View Course at Callaway Gardens.  Point ranks number 17 in the NAIA Coaches' Top 25 and number 16 in the Bushnell Golfweek NAIA Coaches Poll.


Reinhardt put together rounds of 305 and 297 for a total of 602, three strokes behind Point, and Trevecca Nazarene, an NCAA Division II school, scored 308 and 299 for a total of 607.  Milligan College (Tenn.) finished fourth with rounds of 307 and 303 for a total of 610, and Lindsey Wilson College (Ky.) placed fifth with scores of 310 and 303 for a two-day total of 613.  Point was one of seven Appalachian Athletic Conference members in the field of 15 schools.


Francisco de Oliveira (JR/Algarve, Portugal) from Point University was tied with Larken Whittemore from Trevecca Nazarene and Ben Dulin from Reinhardt after 36 holes of play, each with two-day totals of 146.  De Oliviera and Whittemore were tied with even-par scores of 72 after day one, and both shot rounds of 74 on Tuesday.  Whittemore led all golfers with eight birdies and also shot 24 pars.  Dulin shot a 75 on Monday and fired tied for the invitational's best round on Tuesday, a one-under par 71, and earned a three-way tie.  He had four birdies and tied Point's Brayton Gineris (SO/McDonough, GA) for most par holes, each with 26.


De Oliviera won the individual championship on the second sudden-death playoff hole when he sank a 30-foot putt for a birdie.  He won his third individual championship of the season and totaled six birdies and 22 par scores among his 36 holes.


Point's Connor Brown (SR/Bogart, GA), who was tied for 12th on Monday after a round of 77, shot a 74 on Tuesday and moved into an eighth-place tie with a 36-hole total of 151, equaling  teammate Lance Daniel (SR/Manchester, GA), who shot rounds of 76 and 75 for a 151, seven-over par.  Brown shot five birdies, and Daniel scored even par on 22 holes.


Joao Pinto Basto (SO/Lisbon, Portugal) finished in a tie for 19th place with scores of 76 and 78 for a 36-hole total of 154, and scored birdies on six of his 36 holes.  Maddux Lytle (JR/Newnan, GA) rounded out Point's top five with rounds of 80 and 75 for a two-day total of 155 and tied for 22nd place and also scored an eagle.


Eight other golfers represented Point in the invitational but played as individual competitors.  Brayton Gineris totaled 153 with rounds of 77 and 76 and tied for 15th, and Joao Magalhaes (SO/Porto, Portugal) tied for 22nd with Lytle with scores of 79 and 76 for a two-day total of 155.  Joshua Newman (FR/Kent, England) tied for 29th among the 92 total golfers with rounds of 80 and 76 for a two-day score of 156 and shot four birdies.  Blake Watson (FR/Newnan, GA) shots rounds of 78 and 79 for a total of 157, 13 over par, and tied for 34th.


Patrick Strickland (SR/Hogansville, GA) totaled 158 (78-80) and tied for 37th, and Mason Saxon (SR/Bogart, GA) tied for 44th with a total of 159 (79-80).  Jacob Ellison (SR/Milton, GA) shots rounds of 82 and 81 for a total of 163 and tied for 60, and Brantley Henderson (FR/Bowdon, GA) totaled 206 with rounds of 107 and 99.


NEXT COMPETITION:  The Point University men's golf team, coached by Steven Paine, plays next at the NAIA Spring Invitational at the Mission Inn Golf Club in Orlando, Fla., April 2-3.