Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Duncan McNeill T51 finish in Quail Valley 

Invitational despite improving rounds

Duncan McNeill from Annan, a second-year student at McNeese State University, Lake Charles, Louisiana, finished T51 in a field of 75 at this week's Quail Valley Collegiate Invitational at Quail Valley Golf Club, Vero Beach in Florida.
Duncan had improving rounds of 75, 74 and 72 for a five-over-par total of 221 over a very long par-72 course - 7,350yd.
Elliot Fullalove (Jacksonville) from Kingswood, England, finished T7 on 210 with scores of 69, 69 and 72. 
Team-mate David Wicks from Bexhill scored 69, 72 and 71 for 212 and a T15 finish. 
Two players tied with the lowest aggregate of 13-under-par 203 - Ilari Saulo (Middle Tennessee State) (67-65-71) and Philip Knowles (North Florida) (67-68-68).
Michigan State (835) won the team title ahead of North Florida (837), Arkansas (845) and Jacksonville (848). McNeese State (861) finished eighth of 15. 

 Leadbetter and Howells make top 20 at Old 

Corkscrew Golf Club in Florida

James Leadbetter, son of famous coach David Leadbetter, and his Florida Gulf Coast University team-mate, Casper Howells, a final-year student from London, made the top 20 in the final placings at the Homewood Hilton Airport Invite college tournament at the quaintly-named Old Corkscrew Golf Club at Estero in Florida.
Leadbetter finished T11 in a field of 91with rounds of 76, 72 and 76 for eight-over-par 224.
Howells claimed T19 position on 228 with rounds of 80, 77 and 71.
At the top of the leaderboard there was a dramatic swing away from Will Sallee (Eastern Kentucky), the clear-cut leader after 36 holes with rounds of 70 and 68. He "blew up" to a third and final round of 81 for 219 and had to share the No 1 honours with Manuel Elvira (Central Florida) who made up an amazing 11 strokes on Salee over the final 18 holes to tie with him. Elvira's earlier rounds had been 75 and 74.
At least Sallee's scores helped Eastern Kentucky (888) to win the team title against of Florida Gulf Coast (892) and Central Florida (896) in a field of 16 teams. 

Paul McBride T56 at Georgia Collegiate

Paul McBride, from Dublin, a third-year student at Wake Forest University, finished T56 in a field of 90 at the Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate at Alpharetta, Georgia.
Over two courses, one of 7,017yd and the other 7,039, Paul had rounds of 76, 70 and 77 for a total of seven-over-par 223 - 16 shots behind the joint winners, Jimmy Stanger (Virginia) (67-68-72) and Max McGreevy (Oklahoma) (68-69-70). They finished two shots ahead of the field.
Virginia and Texas, both totalling 856, dead-heated for first place in one of the closest team finishes of the season.
Southern California and Stanford, both 857 (only one off the lead), tied for third place, one shot ahead of Texas A and M (858).
Oklahoma (859) came next, a shot ahead of Duke (860) who were a similar margin ahead of Oklahoma State (861) with Wake Forest (863) ninth in a field of 17 teams. 
So seven/eight shots covered the leading nine teams. You cannot get much tighter finish than that!



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