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Raleigh's Fountain Continues Torrid Pace at Red Hawk with Pair of Back Nine Eagles and Second-Round 66

Sparks, NV – After opening his week at eGolf’s Championship at Red Hawk with a course-record 61, Richard Fountain of Raleigh, NC could have been excused for laying off the gas during Thursday’s second round of the $250,000 event. Instead, the former Davidson College star eagled both back-nine par-5s en route to a 6-under 66 on day two and a commanding three-shot lead with two rounds to go in the first-year tournament.

Fountain’s week in suburban Reno began on Wednesday morning in stellar fashion, with a 10-under 61 on the Hills course at host Red Hawk Golf and Resort. On a day fit for perfect scoring, his record-setting effort left him one shot clear of the field entering Thursday’s second round on the Robert Trent Jones-designed Lakes course.

To quote Fountain himself, his opening nine on day two was a bit “ho-hum,” with birdies on Nos. 2 and 6 – both par-5s – delivering a 2-under 34 at the turn and a 12-under-par tally for the week.

“I was being patient out there, but I wasn’t hitting the ball as well early in the day as I wanted to,” said Fountain.

A missed 4-footer for birdie on the par-4 ninth may have been the spark he needed to jumpstart a round he hoped would keep pace with his day one effort. On the very next hole, Fountain began to play catch up.

“On No. 10, I blocked my drive to the right and got very fortunate with a kick off a hill,” he said. “My tee shot wound up just 142 yards from the hole. Continued on page two.....

WCU, CCSV to Host the Hummingbird Intercollegiate, Oct. 31-Nov. 2

Golfers from 13 combined teams to vie for team, individual championships 

Cullowhee, N.C. – With a 36-hole competitive format, Western Carolina is set to host the 2014 Hummingbird Intercollegiate Oct 31 – Nov. 2 at the par-71, 6,767-yard Country Club of Sapphire Valley (CCSV). Teams will again play one of the region's most pristine courses during the special time of year that has the mountainous terrain painted with the hues of autumn.

It is the eighth-consecutive year – and ninth time overall – that WCU and the Country Club of Sapphire Valley have hosted this intercollegiate golf tournament. This year’s event returns to the 36-hole, stroke-play format as WCU welcomes golfers from 13 teams and a total of 16 individual competitors to complete the 76-player field. Each eligible golfer on Western Carolina's roster will see action at this year's Hummingbird Intercollegiate including five on the team scoring side.

With wintry weather in the forecast for this weekend, the 2014 installment of the event will have a different timing format. The first of two, 18-hole rounds will now be played on Friday, Oct. 31 with a shotgun start at 12:45 pm. Teams will break on Saturday before concluding the event on Sunday with tee times beginning at 9:30 am on both the front and back nine.

"We are very pleased to once again host the Hummingbird Intercollegiate in nearby Cashiers," said WCU second-year head coach, Bryant Odom. "The Country Club of Sapphire Valley provides so much more than just a beautiful golf course for our program to use throughout the season. The club's membership, golf staff and overall hospitality have added immeasurable value to the program and the Hummingbird Intercollegiate for several years. This is a great opportunity for us to play a national field while showcasing this special place we call home."

The Country Club of Sapphire Valley is a private, member-owned club that features a valley golf course, plush clubhouse, state-of-the-art fitness center and tennis center. The course, which plays at par-71 and 6,767 yards, meanders through the backdrop of a mature hardwood forest and scenic mountains that provide for breath taking views and a natural setting. The course, which sits on a level valley floor despite its mountainous surroundings, was originally designed by George Cobb and was updated by Bill Bergin.

The peaks of the southern Appalachian Mountains and the fall foliage colors – and perhaps the trappings of winter – provide a magnificent setting for the final team tournament of the season for the Catamount men's golf team.

In addition to the host Catamounts, the 2014 field is one of the strongest in recent years. The competition includes Southern Conference foes Wofford (2013), Samford (2012) and No. 92 Furman (2009) – which also represent three returning team champions including the two most recent event winners. They will be joined by squads making their first-ever appearance in the tournament field in No. 25 Clemson, Bucknell, Brevard (, Marshall, and Wingate, which is ranked 21st in the NCAA Division II rankings. Other teams making up the field include Colgate, Guilford (No. 16 in the NCAA Division III rankings), and Cardinal Stritch out of Milwaukee, Wisc., with two golfers from No. 78 Duke vying for the individual championship.

The field includes three individual golfers ranked inside the top 100 according to GolfStat. WCU’s J.T. Poston is ranked 79th entering the event and is joined by Clemson’s Cody Proveaux, No. 35 overall, and Bryce Howell from Furman who is 69th in the country.

Head coaches Keith Tyburski of Colgate and Tim Eckburg from Cardinal Stritch were both golfers at Western Carolina, and former participants in the tournament and they again bring their teams to compete in the fall tournament. Tyburski finished tied for medalist honors in 2004 only to fall in a playoff.

Four individuals from the 2013 top 10 return for the 2014 tournament including two from Wofford. Brannan Hudson and Andrew Novak are joined by Samford’s Garrett Moores, all finishing within a tie for 10th-place.

All told, eight different teams have won the Hummingbird Intercollegiate. Five of those – WCU, Wofford, Furman, Samford and Jacksonville – are all amidst the 13-team field. Wofford, took home top team honors at the 54-hole, 2013 tournament, edging Appalachian State by four strokes and rallying past Belmont by six shots. The host Catamounts finished tied for fifth-place in its final event of the fall portion of its 2013-14 schedule.

WCU’s scoring five includes leading scorer – and defending Hummingbird Intercollegiate individual medalist – in senior J.T. Poston. The Hickory, N.C., native fired a school-record, 54-hole score of 204 to claim his third individual medalist honor of the 2013 fall. Poston led with 16 birdies, pacing the 56-golfer field in par-4 scoring (-2, 3.94) and was tied for first in both par-3 (-1, 2.92) and par-5 (-6, 4.33) scoring.

Poston became just the second Catamount men's golfer to officially win top honors at a WCU event hosted at The Country Club of Sapphire Valley. Andres Cuenca claimed outright individual medalist honors in the 2007 WCU Intercollegiate, presented by Macon Bank. A third, Tyburski, finished atop the leader board in regulation in the 2004 WCU Intercollegiate only to fall on the second hole of a playoff.

Entering this year’s tournament, Poston leads the Catamounts with a seasonal scoring average of 71.75 – fifth in the Southern Conference. He has three, top 10 finishes this fall including a third-place showing in the season-opener at The Invitational at the Ocean Course.

Poston is flanked in WCU’s scoring five by freshman Bright Julamool with a stroke average of 74.25, posting a career-best runner-up finish in his first college event. Classmate Jackson Bishop (79.22), junior Tyler Lail (80.44) and senior Matthew Turner (81.50) round out WCU’s scoring five. Lail finished tied for fourth back in 2012 as a freshman, with Turner tallying a 17th-place finish last fall.

Sophomores Nont Panayanggool (35th-t) and Evan Smith (44th) both competed as individuals in their rookie seasons in the 2013 installment of the event, duplicating that this year. Also vying for the individual title unattached is senior Braydon Obremski (78.83) and making his collegiate golf debut is junior Taylor Durand, who is also a pitcher on the WCU baseball team.

Complete results and recaps of both rounds will be made available at the conclusion of play on Friday and Sunday.

Freshman class powers Men's Golf team to tremendous fall season

10/31/2014

BREVARD, N.C. - Despite officially having a spring competition schedule, the Brevard College men's golf team is making quite a splash on the national scene this fall.

The Tornados' schedule includes five tournaments in the fall and five more in the spring, when the conference and NCAA tournaments will be conducted. Through four events, the Tornados have performed exceptionally well, with two top-five team finishes, including a runner-up finish at the Etowah Intercollegiate that Brevard hosted, despite playing a schedule loaded with Division I and top Division II teams.

Brevard's freshman class, made up of six golfers who hail from four different nations, is currently ranked second in Division II by Golfstat. Norwegian Trym Falch led Brevard to a third-place finish at the Walters State Fall Classic last week in Tennessee with his fourth-place effort. Fellow freshmen Alejandro Montanes, who hails from Spain, and Scotland's Craig Stephen also played on Brevard's first team during the tournament and helped the Tornados to complete the tournament behind only Tusculum and Walters State.

"This was one of the largest freshman classes I've recruited in years," said head coach Dave Nelson. "Their talent level is as good as ever."

"Three of my six recruits have been playing in my top five all fall," Nelson continued. "Two of those three have already had a top-five finish at a tournament. Their play has been very consistent."

The team's best performance was its runner-up finish at the Etowah Intercollegiate played near campus in Etowah, North Carolina. The Tornados finished five strokes off the pace set by North Greenville en route to a runner-up finish. Montanes' two-under 70 in the final round was the lowest single-round score of any participant as he finished the tournament in a tie for second.

"This freshman class, combined with the five returning sophomores, makes us very young team. Many players this young don't even get into events their first few years. By the end of the year this group will be ready to play at another level in the future."

For its final competition of the fall, Brevard will travel down Highway 64 to Cashiers for the Hummingbird Intercollegiate, hosted by Western Carolina at the Country Club of Sapphire Valley. Brevard and No. 21 Wingate are the only two Division II teams in a 12-team field that includes Western Carolina, Clemson, Furman, Wofford, Marshall, Samford, and a group of individuals from Duke. Due to forecasted wintry weather in the area this weekend, the 36-hole tournament will be played with a unique Friday-Sunday format.

I've put together a strong schedule to give them the experience they need to learn how to win at this level," Nelson said. "This will be a team that will contend for the conference championship over the next three to four years".

Men’s Golf Team Climbs In Polls 

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The University of North Carolina men’s golf team is ranked 11th in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings and 15th in the latest Golfstat Rankings.  Earlier this month when the Tar Heels cracked the top 20, it marked the first time UNC had done so since February 2007 when they were 12th in the Golf World/Nike Coaches’ Poll.

Carolina captured the championship at the Bridgestone Golf Collegiate in Greensboro, N.C. last weekend as four Tar Heels knotted top-15 finishes.  Freshman Ben Griffin came from four strokes down entering the final round to win by one.  After a 74 in the first round, he finished strong with rounds of 7-under 65 and 5-under 67 for a 10-under 206 total.  Freshman William Register finished alone in 4th place with a 6-under 210 total.  Senior Brandon Dalinka and sophomore Henry Do tied for 12th place at 2-over 218.

Earlier this fall, Carolina won the Tar Heel Intercollegiate and was the runner-up at the Rod Myers Invitational.  The Tar Heels also placed seventh at the Primland Collegiate Invitational and ninth at the Carpet Capital Classic.

The freshmen duo of Griffin and Register has led the way for the Tar Heels this fall.  Griffin, from Chapel Hill, N.C., has two wins – in addition to winning the Bridgestone Golf Collegiate, he also won the Tar Heel Intercollegiate.  Register, a native of Burlington, N.C., was the ACC Co-Player of the Month for September and Golfweek’s National Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 7.  Register won the Primland Collegiate Invitational, setting the school record for 54-hole tournament score (199) and vs. par (17-under).  He carded two additional top-10 finishes, tying for 4th at the Rod Myers Invitational and tying for 6th at the Tar Heel Intercollegiate.  Griffin also had two additional top-10 finishes, tying for 8th at Primland and tying for 10th at the Rod Myers Invitational.

Griffin and Register have had strong support from the rest of the team.  Dalinka led the way at the Carpet Capital Classic as he tied for 10th place.  He also tied for 6th at Rod Myers and tied for 12th at Bridgestone.  Another senior, Bailey Patrick, tied for 9th place at the Tar Heel Intercollegiate.

The Tar Heels have concluded their fall campaign.  They tee off the spring season Feb. 2-3 at the Sea Best Invitational in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

BIG SOUTH ANNOUNCES WOMEN’S GOLFERS OF THE WEEK 

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (www.BigSouthSports.com) – Coastal Carolina junior Lena Schaeffner (Rettigheim, Germany) has been selected as the Choice Hotels Big South Women’s Golfer of the Week, while teammate Malene Krolboll Hansen (Taastrup, Denmark) is The Crons Brand Women’s Golf Freshman of the Week for events played Oct. 23-29, it was announced today.

Schaeffner captured her first career tournament title at the Palmetto Intercollegiate (par 72, 5,972 yards), leading Coastal to the team title as well.  She shot rounds of 68-73-71 for a 4-under 212 and one stroke victory.  Schaeffner tied her career-best for lowest 18-hole score (68 in the first round) and established her personal-best 54-hole total (212), which tied for second-best in Coastal history.  She led the tournament field with 15 birdies -- including one on the 18th hole during the final round -- and in par-4 scoring, playing the holes a combined 1-under.

Hansen finished seventh at the Palmetto Intercollegiate, marking the second consecutive top-10 finish of her collegiate career.  She carded rounds of 70-71-77 for a career-best 54-hole score of 218 (+2).  Her opening round 70 was a career-best, and she now has three of her 12 rounds this season at par or better.  Hansen tallied 33 pars during the tournament and ranked second in par-4 scoring, playing the holes a combined 1-over.

Final results from the CGA's Senior Four-Ball Tournament at Greenville CC

Southern Pines, NC – Final results from the Carolinas Golf Association’s Senior Four-Ball Tournament at Greenville CC (Chanticleer Course),  in Greenville, SC  on Tuesday, October 28, 2014.  Gross scores are listed.

Tournament format is 18 holes of four-ball stroke play, both gross and net.  90 percent of a player's course handicap is used to determine net scores. Entry is open to any male amateur golfer who has reached his 55th birthday by the tournament date, is a member of a club which is a member of the Carolinas Golf Association, and has a current USGA Handicap Index® at a CGA member club. The field is divided into divisions based on age and total team course handicap: Tournament Division-Flight A, Flight B; Super Senior 65+ Division-Flight A, Flight B; 70+ Division.   

For complete results of the net and gross divisions, please see: www.carolinasgolf.org/images/carolinasgolf/site/tourn/2014/result/senonegreenvillechanticleerresult.pdf

Southern Pines, NC – Final results from the Carolinas Golf Association’s Senior Four-Ball Tournament at Greenville CC (Riverside Course),  in Greenville, SC  on Monday, October 27, 2014.  Gross scores are listed.

Tournament format is 18 holes of four-ball stroke play, both gross and net.  90 percent of a player's course handicap is used to determine net scores. Entry is open to any male amateur golfer who has reached his 55th birthday by the tournament date, is a member of a club which is a member of the Carolinas Golf Association, and has a current USGA Handicap Index® at a CGA member club. The field is divided into divisions based on age and total team course handicap: Tournament Division-Flight A, Flight B; Super Senior 65+ Division-Flight A, Flight B; 70+ Division.   

For complete results of the net and gross divisions, please see: www.carolinasgolf.org/images/carolinasgolf/site/tourn/2014/result/senonegreenvilleriversideresult.pdf

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