Bruins Golf Has Strong Showing at SCAD Tournament

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Greenville, S.C. (March 19, 2014) – Clay Wiginton remained red-hot as the Bruins competed in the Savannah College of Arts and Design (SCAD) Invitational tournament. The weather would prove to be a factor as the opening round was delayed several times due to rain.

In this tournament, the Bruins would not record a team score as the team only had three of the required four players competing. The Bruins were coming off a tournament last week in Georgia, in which the team placed 7th.

Clay Wiginton started the Bruins off well by making par on the first two holes and followed it up with a birdie on hole three. Wiginton nearly scored an eagle on the fifth hole, but his edged the cup and didn’t fall. After a three-hour rain delay, Wiginton returned to form by tapping home a birdie on 9.

Micah Gold played well for the Bruins going 1 under on the front nine. The team struggled on the back nine with several double and single bogeys and few par saves. The round was eventually called due to rain delays and darkness, but the Bruins were playing well despite the rain. “Weather conditions made scoring very difficult,” Coach Denny Scott said. “We faced a lot of adversity in this tournament, but the guys were up to the challenge.”

On the second day, the Bruins finished up their first round with with Wiginton (74), Gold (80), and Counts (89). The team had little rest as they began the second round of the tournament. The weather lightened up as conditions continued to improve.

Micah Gold birdied hole three, and Wiginton battled for even par on the first four holes. The team overcame a lot of challenges as they were able to sink key par saves despite the wet greens. At the end of the second round, the Bruins scored Wiginton (72), Gold (70), Counts (88). Although the team didn’t record an official team score, Coach Scott was happy with the results.

“We are getting much closer to posting rounds in the 70’s as a team which is what we will need to break a 300 score,” Coach Scott said. “We did show that we are capable of breaking that barrier of 300 even with being a man down for this match. We just need to get deeper as a team so we are not as affected by scheduling conflicts that arise.”

Clay Wiginton finished among the top in individual scores in the tournament with a combined score of 146. Micah Gold had a strong second day with a score of 70, one shy of his own school record of 69 set last season. The team continues to show great improvement and will look to continue building next week at the Bryan College Spring Invitational in Tennessee.

This article was originally written by BJU Bruins Sports Information Director Jonny Gamet on www.bjubruins.com 

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