Tornados finish second at Etowah IntercollegiateSeptember 22, 2015
ETOWAH, N.C. – The Brevard College men’s golf team shot 10-over par in Tuesday’s final round, lifting the Tornados into a tie for second place with Lincoln Memorial at Etowah Valley Golf Club.
The Tornados ended the first round in third place, 12 strokes behind leaders Lincoln Memorial. But the Railsplitters faltered down the stretch, shooting a second-round 310 and opening the door for the rest of the field to make up ground.
Brevard took advantage, closing the gap with LMU by 12 strokes to finish in a tie with the Railsplitters at 15-over par. Newberry vaulted into first place with a team score of 295, the lowest total of the second round by any of the six teams competing.
Brevard’s top finishers were Craig Stephen and Oskar Lundgren, who ended the tournament locked in a tie for eighth at three strokes over par. Stephen trimmed his Monday score by three strokes with an even-par 72 in the final round, Lundgren improved by one stroke over his first-round 74.
Stephen finished his round with three birdies, including two in a row on the 14th and 15th holes. Lundgren slashed his score by three strokes on the par-four second and birdied four out of the last five holes on the front nine.
The pair finished five strokes behind LMU’s George Duncan, who was one of two players to shoot under par at the event with a two-day score of 142. Erskine’s Callum Watson, playing as an individual, finished a stroke behind at one under par, while Newberry’s Spencer Skiff was third at an even 144.
Luis Vega and Trym Falch rounded out the scoring for the Tornados at five- and 10-over, respectively, while Sebastian Strehl improved on his first-round score by four strokes on his way to a 36th-place finish.
Vega and Falch shot five- and four-under, respectively on the four par-five holes in the tournament to lead all competitors. Stephen held the lead with 26 pars, while Lundgren was one of three golfers to finish with a tournament-high 10 birdies.
Among the Tornados competing as individuals, newcomer Steffen Heckele had the best performance with a 24th-place finish. Calum McAndrew finished one stroke behind in 30th, with Chris Fry, Declan Addison, and Florian Peyssonneaux also appearing in the tournament.
The event served as a preview to the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Men’s Golf Championship, which will be held at Etowah Valley April 17-19. All 12 SAC schools will appear in the event.
The Tornados are in action next Monday and Tuesday at the King University Invitational, held in Tennessee at the Country Club of Bristol.