PBC CHAMPS! Braves Snare Conference Title In Playoff
PINE MOUNTAIN, Ga. – Sixth-ranked UNCP let a three-stroke lead slip away over the last three holes of the final round, but the Braves needed just one playoff hole to capture their first conference title on Tuesday afternoon at the 2012 Peach Belt Conference Championships at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga.
The PBC title is the first for the UNCP men's golf team, but the second in the last calendar year for the golf program after the women's team captured league honors last season.
UNCP got a birdie and four pars on the first playoff hole to upstage 15th-ranked USC Aiken who carded four pars and a pair of bogeys. The squads finished in a tie after regulation as the Pacers turned in a combined 2-over-par 290 on the day, while the Black & Gold finished Tuesday's round with a 5-over-par 293. The Braves toted a 3-stroke lead over the Pacers into the third round.
No. 21 Georgia College (+11) finished three strokes off the pace in third place, while Columbus State (+18) and 19th-ranked Armstrong Atlantic (+22) rounded out the top five.
All-Americans Jordan Walor (72-69-75/216) and Jonathan McCurry (72-73-71/216) finished in a tie for third en route to all-tournament team accolades, while Scott Lambert (72-77-74/223), Carson Lanier (72-78-73/223) and Michael Mullmann (76-72-75/223) all finished in a tie for 16th. Flagler's Joel Dahlenburg captured medalist honors by one stroke over USC Aiken's Matt Atkins.
UNCP will likely be back in action again, May 7-9, at the NCAA Southeast Regional in Conover.
1. No. 6 UNC Pembroke 288-291-293/872 +8
2. No. 15 USC Aiken 295-287-290/872 +8
3. No. 21 Georgia College 293-291-291/875 +11
4. Columbus State 297-295-290/882 +18
5. No. 19 Armstrong Atlantic 293-301-292/886 +22
6. No. 20 Georgia Southwestern 296-289-305/890 +26
7. Flagler 300-294-299/893 +29
8. Clayton State 309-303-293/905 +41
9. North Georgia 304-311-310/925 +61
10. Montevallo 302-314-316/932 +68
11. Lander 313-304-325/942 +78
T3. Jonathan McCurry 72-73-71/216 E
T3. Jordan Walor 72-69-75/216 E
T16. Scott Lambert 72-77-74/223 +7
T16. Carson Lanier 72-78-73/223 +7
T16. Michael Mullmann 76-72-75/223 +7