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Left to Right: Connor Brown, Lance Daniel,and Joao Basto in action at the AAC Spring Invitational, April 10-11
Men's Golf - Tue, Apr. 11, 2017

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. – Point University tied for third place in a field of 12 Appalachian Athletics Conference teams at the AAC Spring Invitational, hosted by Milligan College, April 10-11, at the Elizabethton Golf Course in Elizabethton, Tenn.  Sixty-six golfers completed two 18-hole rounds on the par 72, 6381-yard course.

 

Point scored a 36-hole total of 606, 30-over par, including four-player totals of 288 (even par) in Monday's first round and 318 in the second round on Tuesday.  Point ranks number 18 in the NAIA Coaches' Top 25 and number 14 in the Bushnell Golfweek NAIA Coaches Poll.

 

Milligan College put together four-player totals of 287 in round one and 301 in round two for a 36-hole total of 588 (12 over par) and won the AAC Spring Invitational and the regular-season championship.  Tennessee Wesleyan University moved up from Monday's third-place standing and finished second with 605 strokes (29 over par), just one stroke ahead of Point University and SCAD-Atlanta, each with 606.  Truett-McConnell University finished fifth with 610 (34 over par) and moved up from seventh to fifth on the second day of competition.  Reinhardt University placed sixth with 611 (35 over par), and St. Andrews University finished seventh with 616, just two strokes ahead of Union College (Ky.) with 618.

 

Josh Gambrell from Milligan College put together rounds of 68, a tournament-best, and 77 for a one-over par, 36-hole total of 145 and finished just one stroke ahead of Point's Francisco de Oliveira (JR/Algarve, Portugal), a two-time AAC Player of the Week and a National Player of the Week in mid-March; Matthew Payne from SCAD-Atlanta and Nick Sewell from Milligan, each with 146 (two over par).  De Oliviera shot the tournament's second-best round, a 69 on Monday, and was one back of Gambrell after the first day of play.  However, de Oliviera shot 77 on Tuesday and finished two over.  Payne scored rounds of 73 both days, and Sewell scored a 71 and a 75.

 

Gambrell, de Oliviera, Payne and Sewell headed the list of AAC All-Tournament selections and are joined on the squad by Daniel Wieck from St. Andrews; Erik Hermanson from Union; Kameron Williams from Reinhardt; Tanner Nelson from Tennessee Wesleyan; and Cody Carlson from Milligan.

 

Maddux Lytle (JR/Newnan, GA) shot rounds of 73 and 80 for a 36-hole total of 153 (nine over par) and tied for 22nd with teammate Lance Daniel (SR/Manchester, GA) who also shot rounds of 73 and 80.  Connor Brown (SR/Bogart, GA) tied for 25th with rounds of 73 and 81 for a total of 154 (10 over par), and Joao Pinto Basto (SO/Lisbon, Portugal) tied for 43rd place with rounds of 77 and 83 for a 36-hole total of 160 (16 over par).

 

Also representing Point as individual players were Joao Magalhaes (SO/Porto, Portugal), who tied for 15th place; Blake Watson (FR/Newnan, GA), who tied for 33rd place, and Brayton Gineris (JR/McDonough, GA), who tied for 38th.  Magalhaes put together rounds of 76 and 75, Point's best round on Tuesday, for a total of 151 (seven over par), and Watson scored 78 and 79 for a 36-hole total of 157 (13 over par).  Gineris scored 78 on Monday and 81 on Tuesday for a total of 159 (15 over par).

 

NEXT COMPETITION:  The Point University men's golf team, coached by Steven Paine, competes next at the ACC-NAIA Direct Qualifier at the Governors Towne Club in Acworth, Ga., April 24-25.

 
 
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