Tornados, Calac win Etowah Spring ChallengeApril 2, 2016
ETOWAH, N.C. – Brevard’s men’s golf team used four top-10 finishes, including a first-place performance from Paul Calac, to earn its first tournament championship in three years at the Etowah Spring Challenge on Saturday afternoon.
Calac excelled in the unique one-round format, equaling Nick Forsberg of Tusculum with a two-under 70 on the day. The pair made up half of the four golfers to finish the afternoon under par, joined by Wingate’s Tyler Stone and Calum McAndrew, who shot a career-low 71 playing as an individual.
Calac’s score represented the second-lowest round of his career behind a three-under 69 during the second round of the Ralph Hargett Memorial Intercollegiate last Sunday. It was also the junior’s first individual title.
Brevard and Tusculum each placed their top three golfers in ties for first, fifth, and 10th positions on the leaderboard, with Oskar Lundgren’s one-over 73 and Sebastian Strehl’s four-over 76 occupying the slots for the Tornados. But Luis Vega provided the difference, equaling Strehl’s score to finish two strokes ahead of Tusculum’s fourth scorer and deliver the hardware to Brevard.
The team secured its first tournament win since claiming the Irish Creek Intercollegiate on February 26, 2013, by four strokes over Erskine.
The Tornados shot a seven-over 295 on their home course, edging Tusculum for the team title. Wingate was seven strokes behind Brevard for third place, while Coker rounded out the field 13 strokes back of the Tornados. All four competitors hail from the South Atlantic Conference, which will host its 2016 Men’s Golf Championship at Etowah Valley Golf Club beginning Sunday, April 17.
Brevard’s impressive performances were not limited to those contributing to the overall team score. Craig Stephen earned a career-best seventh-place finish with a two-over 74, while sophomore Chris Fry notched his first-ever top-20 finish with a career-low 79. In all, nine of the 10 Brevard golfers to compete registered scores of 79 or lower.
The Tornados will return to action on Monday at the Tennessee River Rumble Intercollegiate in the team’s final tune-up for the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Men’s Golf Championship.