ONeal starts and finishes with two strong rounds to take the win.
Dunbar takes home narrow victory after a playoff
Braselton, GA (June 28th, 2012) – The Atlanta Collegiate Amateur Challenge was the third event held in the Hurricane Collegiate Amateur Series. On Wednesday and Thursday of this week collegiate players came from all corners of the southeast region, including Florida, Georgia, the Carolinas, and Tennessee, to compete in the event. These thirty one (31) young men and women battled it out, for three rounds, on the Chateau Course at the Chateau Elan Golf Club. Colleges and Universities Represented: - North Greenville University - Darton College - Mercer University - Armstrong Atlantic State University - Georgia Perimeter College - Lynn University - Presbyterian College - University of South Carolina at Lancaster - Berry College - Maryville College - Georgia Southern University - University of Florida - University of Redlands - Southern Polytechnic State University - Wofford College - Lee University - Florida Southern University - Daytona State University - St. Leo University - Brewton-Parker College - Western Georgia University The top place in the Men’s Collegiate Division was taken by Josh ONeal of Simsponville, SC and current student of North Greenville University. ONeal finished the tournament with an impressive score of +1. ONeals three day tournament score came to a total of 214 (69+76+69), this total was enough to secure ONeal a five (5) stroke victory over the next closest competitor. ONeal stayed consistent throughout the tournament, using an impressive eleven (11) birdies and the lowest par 4 average (4.06) in the Men’s division to edge out his competition. ONeal was near the top in almost every stat category, including a par 5 average below par (4.78), a par 3 average of even par (3.00), and finally ONeal had the second most par breakers with 20.4%. The runner-up in the Men’s Division was Colin Monagle from Jacksonville, FL. This second place finish marks Monagle’s second top-three finish in as many starts. Monagle took third place honors last week at the World Golf Village Championship. The score of +6 over that earned Monagle second place was achieved by three consistent scores of 74, 72, and 73. Monagle carded eight (8) birdies during the course of the event, giving him a par breaking average of 14.8%. Much of Monagle’s current success can be attributed to his par 4 performance. At the Atlanta Collegiate Amateur Challenge Monagle had a par 4 average of 4.12%, which was second best in the Men’s Division and only to be outdone by the event’s champion. Rounding out the top three is Tae Kim of Darton College. This young man from Duluth, GA recorded a +7 (70, 73, 77) for the tournament, finishing just one stroke shy of Monagle. Kim used a tournament high eleven (11) birdies and 22.2% par breaking average to earn him the final spot in the award ceremony. In the Women’s Collegiate Division Lauren Dunbar, a student at Wofford College and resident of Columbia, SC, took home top honors. This victory could not have come by a closer margin. At the end of fifty-four (54) holes Dunbar and Courtney Shelton both stood at +4. It took a sudden death playoff, which was narrowly won by Dunbar, to determine the winner of the Women’s Division. There were two main driving forces behind Dunbar’s exceptional performance of 217 (72+73+72). First, Dunbar was the most consistent player, recording the most pars for the tournament (32).The second factor that led Dunbar to victory was her unmatched performance on the par 4s and 5s. Dunbar finished the tournament atop both these categories, averaging 4.18 and 4.78 on par 4s and 5s respectively. The second place finisher in this event was Courtney Shelton of Franklin, TN. Shelton, who attends school in her home state at Lee University, recorded a three round total of +4 (69+72+72), which earned her a spot in the playoff that she narrowly lost. No other player outperformed Shelton’s ten (10) birdies or her par breaking average of 18.5%. During the three (3) rounds, Shelton put on an astonishing performance on the par 3s. Shelton recorded a par 3 average of 2.83, which was the lowest in the Women’s Division and Shelton was the only player, Men’s or Women’s, to record a par 3 average below par. Taking home the last spot on the podium was Megan Kiley of Lakeland, FL and Florida Southern University. Kiley recorded a three (3) day total score of 231 (79+78+74). This performance landed Kiley in the top four (4) for every statistical category. Kiley’s six (6) birdies and 11.1% par-breaking average propelled Kiley to this top three (3) finish. Weather: Wednesday and Thursday: Both days had nearly the same weather conditions. The temperature was in the high 80s and it was sunny all day. Tournament Yardages: Men’s Division – 6,981 Women’s Division – 6,016 About Us The Hurricane Collegiate Golf Tour (HCAT) was founded in 2012 with the intention of providing collegiate and amateur golfers between the ages of 18-24 an opportunity to play exceptional golf courses in a competitive environment. Based out of Jacksonville, FL, The Hurricane Collegiate Amateur Tour administers events in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina.