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Men's Golf Places 11th At SAC Championships


MARVIN, N.C. -- Catawba finished up 11th at the 2015 South Atlantic Conference Men's Golf Championships on Tuesday at the 6,904-yard, par-72 Firethorne Country Club.  The Indians posted rounds of 319 and 320 for a 639 score.

Tusculum held off a charge from Wingate to win the team title.  The Pioneers score of 597 won by two shots.  Queens was third, 13 shots back.

Senior Matt Hardman (Gettysburg, Pa./Gettysburg Area HS) had the low score for the Catawba men.  He followed a first round 78 with a 76 to finish 22nd with a 154 total.  It was the final tournament for Hardman and three other Indian seniors.  Tyler Rutherford (Independence, Va./Grayson Co. HS), Zach Grffis (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mt. Tabor HS) and Brian Donaldson (Clinton, N.C./Clinton HS) also closed out their Catawba careers on Tuesday.

Nick Forsberg, of Tusculum, claimed medalist honors with a two-round total of 143.  He edged Wingate's Benedict Gebhardt by three strokes.

Hardman finished his second round with three birdies, including one on his final hole, the par-5 ninth.  Donaldson also closed out with a birdie.  Sophomore Jordan Taylor (Troy, N.C./W. Montgomery HS/Campbell) finished a rough final nine with an eagle on the ninth.

Fin.     Scores
 1. Tusculum 295-302=597
 2. Wingate 301-298=599
 3. Queens 302-308=610
4t. Newberry 308-305=613
4t. Lincoln Memorial 305-308=613
6t. Mars Hill 310-307=617
6t. Coker 308-309=617
 8. Lenoir-Rhyne 315-305=620
 9. Brevard 314-319=633
10. Carson-Newman 322-312=634
11. CATAWBA 319-320=639
12. Anderson 320-325=645

Catawba finishers
22. Matt Hardman, 78-76=154
45. Jordan Taylor, 76-86=162
48. Tyler Rutherford, 83-80=163
56. Zach Griffis, 87-79=166
58. Brian Donaldson, 82-85=167

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