Vega earns All-Tournament honors as Tornados compete in two events

SALISBURY, N.C. and VALLEJO, Calif. Luis Vega had the most impressive outing of any Brevard golfer Tuesday, earning All-Tournament honors at the Richard Rendleman Invitational with a remarkable second round.


The Madrid, Spain native fired a four-under 67 to tie for the lowest single-round score of any golfer at the tournament. He finished tied with North Greenville’s Evan Gfeller for third place overall at one over par for the tournament after improving by an astonishing nine strokes over his first-round score.


Vega was one stroke away from equaling Oskar Lundgren for the lowest round in Brevard men’s golf history. He was named all-tournament for the second time in his career after another third-place finish at last spring’s J. Ralph Hargett Invitational.


Vega, who finished four strokes off the pace set by Belmont Abbey’s Nick Stafford and a stroke behind Seth Robertson of North Greenville for second, helped the Tornados to a 10th place finish in Salisbury at 62 strokes over par. North Greenville won the overall title at 14 strokes over par, five shots ahead of Belmont Abbey. Chris Fry finished in a tie for 51st, while Calum McAndrew tied for 57th and Declan Addison finished 59th.


The Tornados sent four golfers to Salisbury while seven others competed over 2,700 miles away in Vallejo, California at a tournament hosted by Cal State-East Bay. Lundgren finished one stroke from cracking the top ten at the Tim Tierney Pioneer Shootout, firing a five-over 76 in Tuesday’s third and final round to finish at six over for the tournament. Sebastian Strehl followed up his lowest round of the season with a four-over 75, finishing with the lowest Tuesday score and placing 16th overall.


Trym Falch and Steffen Heckele shot 233 and 234, respectively, in the three-round event, with Paul Calac carding a 239. Craig Stephen and Florian Peyssonneaux competed as individuals, finishing 36th and 54th, respectively.


Thirty-eighth-ranked Sonoma State bested Cal State-East Bay by seven strokes to win the team title. Holy Names and No. 33 Cal State-San Bernadino finished deadlocked in third place one stroke back. Brevard finished in seventh on the leaderboard at 58 strokes over par, one shot behind Cal State-East Bay’s B team.


The Tornados will return to action on March 14 at this year’s edition of the J. Ralph Hargett Invitational.


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