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The Spartans recorded their fifth top five showing of the season with a second-place finish at the Middleburg Bank Intercollegiate.

Roy Dixon & No. 48 Menís Golf Finish Second At Middleburg Bank

Courtesy: UNCGSpartans.com
         
Release: March 25, 2014
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GREENSBORO, N.C. – Junior Roy Dixon (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) finished a career-best second overall with a thrilling late charge at the Middleburg Bank Intercollegiate Tuesday to lead the No. 48 UNCG men’s golf team to a second place team showing, jumping three teams in the final day. The second place finish for the Spartans marked their fifth top three showing of the season and third straight event in the top three.

The Spartans fired a 285 in the final round, the lowest round of the day, jumping over James Madison, Eastern Michigan and Radford to finish just behind No. 50 Texas Tech at the Kingsmill Resort River Course hosted by William & Mary. UNCG finished the 54-hole even with a 24-over par 864 (293-286-285) while Texas Tech posted an 11-over par 851 (288-278-285) to claim the title.

Dixon provided the drama Tuesday as he entered the day in 14th place but made a valiant charge up the leaderboard, leap-frogging 12 golfers to record his career-best finish in a tie for second place. This marks his second straight top three finish after posting a third place showing last week at the Pinehurst Intercollegiate in what was at that point, his best career finish.

Dixon, who opened the event with back-to-back 72’s in the first two rounds, notched the lowest round of any individual on the three-day event with a 5-under par 65. He recorded seven birdies in the final round to go along with just two bogeys and nine par scores. He made a late charge at the top spot, recording birdies on the final three holes of the afternoon in holes No. 16-18, finishing just one shot behind winner Clement Sordet of Texas Tech. Dixon finished with a 1-under par 209 (72-72-65) while Sordet was 2-under par 208 (71-67-70).

Freshman Carter Jenkins (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville Road) posted the Spartans second top five finish of the week, placing in a tie for fourth overall, just two shots off the lead at event-par 210. Jenkins opened the event with a 2-under par 68 in round one, added an even-par 70 in round two before closing out with a 2-over par 72 in the third and final round. His fourth place showing marks his fifth top 10 finish of his rookie campaign. Jenkins was up-and-down on the final round, recording six birdies, four bogeys and two double-bogeys.

Sophomore Taylor Coalson (Dobson, N.C./North Surry) ended the Middleburg Bank Intercollegiate in 19th place with a 9-over par 219. Coalson improved 46 spots on the leaderboard after the first round, which he posted a 6-over par 76. He followed that up with a 1-over par 71 Monday and a 2-over par 72 Tuesday. His highlight of the final round came with an eagle-3 on a par-5 hole No. 7.

Freshman Jake McGlone (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Latin) placed 62nd on the week with a 16-over par 226 (77-73-76). Junior Alex Ehlert (Raleigh, N.C./Athens Drive) withdrew from round one due to an illness but returned in round two with a 5-over par 75 and a 9-over par 79 in the final round.

The Spartans return to action April 14-15 for their final tune-up before the Southern Conference Championship as they travel to Mississippi for the Bancorp South Intercollegiate at Reunion Country Club.

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