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Colonels finish 13th at Royal Lakes; McKinney named tournament medalist

Colonels finish 13th at Royal Lakes; McKinney named tournament medalist

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – The final round has wrapped up from the Oglethorpe Fall Invitational with an abbreviated nine-hole session after inclement weather prompted the playing of 27 holes on Saturday. The Centre men's golf team ended up with a 13th place finish, with senior Andrew McKinney (Danville, Ky.) earning co-medalist honors for the tournament.

The Colonels shot a combined team score of 299 over the two-day Sunday session to finish with a tournament score of 599, one shot ahead of McDaniel. Centre finished one shot back of Piedmont and two back of Southwestern.

Individually, McKinney posted a score of 67 in the second round, including going two under par on the rain-soaked back nine on Sunday, to finish with a two-day score of 139 to tie with Ferrum's Lance Keiser for first place overall. McKinney's 67 was also tied for the lowest round by any player in the second round.

"The key for me was keeping the ball in play off the tee," said McKinney. "This course is one that doesn't call for a lot of drivers because of how tight it is, which means there's a premium on hitting fairways. I was able to hit it well off the tee, which led to a lot of chances for birdies. I wasn't able to capitalize on many of those opportunities early on, but finally got the putter to cooperate during the second round. I was solid all weekend from inside five feet, which allowed me to be a little more aggressive with the birdie putts."

McKinney sat at even par after the first 18 holes before making his move in the Saturday afternoon session, shooting three under par for the first nine holes.

"The biggest difference between the two rounds was confidence," said McKinney when asked about adjustments between rounds. "After I saw a few putts go in, I was really able to build some good momentum and start making more birdies. I thought that I did a good job of being patient during the first round and taking advantage of my opportunities during the second round."

Junior Hans Stromberg (Lexington, Ky.) finished his second round with a score of 73, going two under par on the rainy back nine, including three consecutive birdies on the par 4 fourth, fifth and sixth holes. Stromberg finished his tournament with a score of 152.

Senior Paxton Duff (Louisville, Ky.) posted a score of 78 on the second round, seven shots better than his first 18 holes on Saturday, to finish with a score of 163 for the tournament.

Junior Will Hellman (Louisville, Ky.) and sophomore Chapman Springer (Washington, D.C.) each posted second round scores of 81, with Hellman shooting 153 for the tournament and Springer shooting 158. Springer had a back nine highlighted by an eagle on the par five third hole.

The Centre men's golf team will wrap up its fall schedule on Oct. 15-17 as they head to Destin, Fla. to compete in the Golfweek Invite.