2018 Men's Golf
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Senior Maddux Lytle tied for 7th place at Thomas Invitational, Sept. 25-26, in Valdosta, Ga.
Men's Golf - Tue, Sep. 26, 2017

VALDOSTA, Ga.   The Point University men's golf team totaled 600 strokes (24 over par) for 36 holes and placed seventh among 14 schools and just one stroke out of sixth place at the 2017 Thomas University Fall Invitational at the Kinderlou Forest Golf Club in Valdosta, Ga., Sept. 25-26.


Point, which ranks 17th in the NAIA National Men's Golf Coaches' Pre-Season Poll, played in its first event of the fall season and was one of six schools in the tournament ranked in the top 20 in the poll.  Number 20 Coastal Georgia and number two Dalton State (Ga.) tied for first in the battle for the team title with two-day totals of 564 (12 under par).


Third-place Univ. of South Carolina-Beaufort, ranked 14 in the NAIA poll, totaled 571 strokes (5 under par) and boasted the tournament's top player, Newport Laparojkit, who shot rounds of 67 and 66 for an 11-under par total of 133, four strokes ahead of S.M. Lee from Dalton State, Mark Johnson from Coastal Georgia and Jack Dyer from Keiser (Fla.), all of whom totaled 137 strokes.  Eamon Owen from Coastal Georgia placed fifth with 139 strokes (5 under par).


Keiser University, ranked eighth in the NAIA, placed fourth with 575, and SCAD-Savannah (Ga.) placed fifth with 585.  Florida A&M, an NCAA Division I, totaled 599 strokes, just one stroke ahead of Point in seventh place with 600 strokes.  Number 11-ranked Southeastern (Fla.) finished ninth with 605 strokes.


Senior Maddux Lytle (Newnan, GA) tied for seventh place among 75 total golfers with a one-under par, 36-hole total of 143, including an even-par round of 72 on Monday and a one-under par 71 on Tuesday.  Senior Francisco de Oliveira (Algarve, Portugal), the reigning Conference Player of the Year and an NAIA All-American, and freshman Eric Wowor (Johannesburg, South Africa) tied for 33rd with 36-hole totals of 151 (7 over par).  De Oliviera fired rounds of 74 and 77, and Wowor, making his collegiate debut, scored rounds of 75 and 76.


Junior Joao Pinto Basto (Lisbon, Portugal) tied for 47th place after rounds of 79 on Monday and 77 on Tuesday for a 36-hole total of 156 (12 over par), and junior Joao Magalhaes (Porto, Portugal) tied for 54th place with a two-day total of 158, including rounds of 78 and 80.


NEXT COMPETITION:  The Point University men's golf team, coached by Steven Paine, who is a native of South Africa who played collegiate golf at Columbus State University, competes next at the University of South Carolina-Beaufort at the Innisbrook Golf Course in Tampa, Fla., Oct. 2-3.