PINEHURST, N.C. – For the second straight year, UNC Greensboro men’s golf (283-294-276) has claimed the Southern Conference Championship after the Spartans finished the tournament at 11-under, besting ETSU by 12 strokes.
This is the first time in program history UNCG has won back-to-back SoCon Championships and is the school’s fourth conference title since joining the Division I ranks. This is also the first time the program has won four tournaments in one year, surpassing the three tournament victories in 1994-95.
The team’s score of 276 in the third round was the lowest since the SoCon started hosting the tournament at Pinehurst No. 9 and the lowest round score overall in the conference championship since Charleston Southern (275) and ETSU (275) in 2001.
Sophomore Nick Lyerly (69-69-67) narrowly missed out on his second-straight SoCon Individual Championship after falling in a two-hole playoff to ETSU’s Shiso Go. Lyerly forced the playoff after birding Hole 18. In total, the Salisbury, N.C., native finished the day with seven birdies.
Additionally, Lyerly was named the Pinnacle Award winner, given annually to the student-athlete with the highest GPA on the winning team, and picked for the All-SoCon Team and the All-SoCon Tournament Team.
Fellow sophomore Zack Swanson (68-76-67) finished in the third place and was named to the All-SoCon Tournament Team after he too carded a five-under 67 in the third round. Swanson was four-under on the back-nine.
Senior Bryce Hendrix (74-72-74) finished tied for ninth place after he completed the third round at two-over 74. He started the day with 13-straight pars and was selected to the All-SoCon Team.
Junior Jonathan Brightwell (72-77-72), meanwhile, finished tied for 10th place after sealing his tournament with an even-par 72 and was the third member of the All-SoCon Team from UNCG.
Junior Grant Powell (79-78-70) easily had his best round of the tournament at two-under 70 on Tuesday. He birdied four-straight holes from 7-10.
Head coach Terrance Stewart was also named the SoCon’s Coach of the Year.
UNCG will now await its destination in the NCAA Regionals during the Selection Show, which will take place on Wednesday, May 1 at 9 p.m. It will be televised on the Golf Channel.