Dalton State Golf Excels In Tournament

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - by Bob Beavers
- photo by Justin Jarrett, USC Beaufort Sports Information Director

Okatie, SC – The beautiful Greg Norman designed Oldfield Golf Club course between Hilton Head and Beaufort proved to be a possible coming of age location for the young Dalton State men’s golf team.

Playing against a field that included four NAIA Top 25 teams, the Roadrunners blistered the 7,135 yards, par 72, course with a 290 on Tuesday. That was good for the second best round of the day behind tournament winner College of Coastal Georgia. 

“I am extremely pleased with today’s round,” said Dalton State coach Ben Rickett. “It was a good team performance. We’re a young team and it was definitely a confidence builder.”

Roadrunner freshman Tobi Ebner recorded the tourney’s low single round score with a 68 on Tuesday. The native of Austria became a Dalton State student this semester and is wasting no time in making an impression. 

Ebner ‘s Tuesday score and his two 75’s on Monday were good enough to earn him the number seven individual spot with a 218. He was only one stroke back of sixth place Hunter Cornelius (70, 78,  69 = 217) of the Mariners, two strokes away from a tie for fourth, and only five strokes from medalist contention.

“Tobi’s round was great,” said Rickett. “He was great all week, but he was more patient today than in the first two rounds.” 

Number six College of Coastal Georgia captured the event with an 863. The Mariners’ Chase Miller (Sr., Dalton High) was tied for low score individually with teammate Dylan Freeman and with Matt Morin of first round leaders Johnson & Wales. A play-off earned Freeman medalist honors.

Number 16 University of South Carolina Beaufort finished the event 21 strokes back, but in second place. Number 14 Johnson & Wales was next, followed by number 22 Southeastern University of Lakeland, Fl. 

Although they gained nine strokes on Southeastern, Dalton State stayed at number five.

1.  College of Coastal Georgia     289   292   282   863

2.  South Carolina Beaufort         296   297   291   884   (21)

3.  Johnson & Wales (FL)             288   298   300   886   (23)

4.  Southeastern University        293   296   299   888   (25)

5.  Dalton State                               305   302   290   897   (34)

6.  South Carolina Beaufort - B  296   317   308   921   (58)

7.  Spalding                                      312   311   302   925   (62)

8.  St. Andrews Presbyterian     307   311   311   929   (66)

Dalton State players and scores are:


Position                Player                         Rd 1     Rd 2    Rd 3        Total 

5                            Tobi Ebner                  75          75        68           218     (5)

T19                       Chase Jones                77          75         71          225     (12)

T22                       Levi Nix                       77          75         75          227     (14)

26                          Tyler Mitchell           78          75         76          229     (16)

31                          Anthony D’Angelo   76          77         78          231     (18)                  




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