POOLER, Ga. - The No. 11-ranked Flagler College men's golf team went wire-to-wire to capture the 2016 Armstrong Pirate Men's Golf Invitational on Tuesday, winning by eight strokes at Savannah Quarters Country Club in Pooler, Ga.
The Saints' three-round, three-under-par 861 total was eight strokes better than No. 12-ranked West Georgia (869), with Clayton State (878) and host Armstrong State (882) finishing third and forth, respectively, in the nine team field. This is the third time that Flagler has captured the Invitational title after winning in back-to-back years in 2010 and 2011.
Individually, West Georgia's Barrett Waters was the medalist, carding a nine-under-par 207 total to win by five strokes. The 207 total tied Brent Witcher (Valdosta State, 2009) for the lowest individual three-round score in the 15-year history of the Pirate Invitational.
Host Armstrong State carded a 295 on Tuesday, finishing fourth with an 18-over-par 882 total. Sophomore Tyler Key led the Pirates individually, shooting a final-round 71 to finish in fifth place with an even-par 216 total. Junior Jake O'Bryan shot a 73 on Tuesday to finish tied for 10th with a 219 total, while senior Howard Hickey carded a 78 to finish the tournament tied for 22nd with a 223 total.
Playing as individuals, sophomore Andrew Burgess finished tied for 19th after a 73 on Tuesday for a 222 total. Sophomore Jacob Tinsley finished tied for 30th after a final-round 71 for a 226 total, while freshman Gustav Beckvid finished tied for 34th after a 74 for a 228 total. Freshman Zach Zwitter carded an 82 to finish tied for 46th with a 235 total and junior Joshua Glossop rounded out the Armstrong State individual scores, placing 50th after a 77 on Tuesday, finishing with a 238 score.
The Pirates will return to action on March 14-15 at the Southeastern Collegiate, hosted by Valdosta State University at Kinderlou Forest Golf Club in Valdosta.