Men's golf finishes 11th at conference
By Brandon Tester, Sports Writer
After their final round performance was nullified due to heavy rain, the UNCP men’s golf team finished in 11th place at the Peach Belt Conference Championships on April 17-18 in Greenwood, S.C.
Senior Trent Cloninger powered the Braves in the opening round, shooting an even-par 72 to earn a share of 15th place.
Cloninger finished the day five strokes away from first place.
Sophomores J.C. McFadyen and Matt Elliott both carded a 2-over-par 74 and finished the round in a tie for 25th place.
Junior Tanner Pearson finished the day 3-over-par with a share of 36th place.
The Braves headed into the second round in 9th place after a 7-over-par performance.
Flagler led the twelve team field with an 8-under-par scorecard.
Elliott led the charge for the Black & Gold in the second round with a 2-under-par 70, putting him in a tie for 15th place.
Cloninger slid to 22nd place after carding a 2-over-par 74.
McFadyen finished in 37th place after scoring a 4-over-par 76.
Pearson ended the day in 46th place, while sophomore Riley Davis held on to 60th after a disqualification cancelled out his first round.
UNCP finished the second round in eleventh place at 15-over-par.
Flagler continued to lead the pack with a 10-under-par score heading into the final round.
Elliott and Pearson both contributed a 2-under-par 70 for the Braves in the last round.
The team moved into a tie for sixth place, but heavy rains ultimately caused the round to be cancelled.
All scores from the day were nullified, and the Braves finished the tournament in 11th place.
Flagler took home the team conference title.
Jordan Ebanks took the individual championship for Flagler as well.
USC Aiken finished in second place with a score of eight-under par. They shot six-under in the first round.
Three of USC Aiken’s players finished their two rounds with a top-10 finish. Johnson Holliday finished tied for third.
Hubert Tisserand and Axel Ostensson tied for seventh and 10th respectively.
Young Harris finished in third place with a score of three-under par.
They only had one golfer finish in the top-10. Linus Manntz finished tied for third place.
Clayton State and Georgia College rounded out the top-five.
Clayton State finished in fourth at four-over par, and Georgia College finished fifth at five-over par.
Photo courtesy of UNCP Sports Information. Trent Cloninger takes his swing on the fairway in a round earlier this season.