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LOCUST GROVE, GA - The Montreat College men's golf team had a strong showing at the 2016 Appalachian Athletic Conference Spring Championship by bringing home a 6th place finish with a team score of 622. 

The Cavaliers opened play on Monday with a combined score of 310. Phillip Westberry (FR/Snellville, GA) led them team with a 75 while Dylan Jones and Luke McGann (FR/Cary, NC) were right behind with rounds of 76. Bailey Wilson (FR/Foley, AL) shot an 83 in his opening round while Taylor Johnson (JR/Statesville, NC) shot an 86. After day one, the Cavaliers found themselves sitting in seventh place but only four strokes out of third place.

During the final round on Tuesday, the team used a score of 312 to move up in the rankings. Jones shot 75 and finished in 14th place while McGann finished in 15th after a second round 76. Westberry slid to a tie for 29th place after shooting an 82 but Johnson helped cover the gap by shooting a 79 on day two, a seven stroke improvement from the opening round. Wilson would end his tournament with an 86 and finished in a tie for 52nd.

Montreat's total team score of 622 was good for sixth place as a team and they were only two strokes behind SCAD Atlanta for the fifth spot. Reinhardt won the tournement with a team score of 595.

"I couldn't be more proud of our guys this week," said head coach John Sullivan. "We didn't get the finish we were hoping for, but we definitely took a step in the right direction and proved that we can compete and ultimately win in this conference. Hats off to Reinhardt though, they have a great squad and have played extremely well all year. We gained some confidence as a team and will use this momentum as we prepare for the national qualifier in two weeks."

Montreat will compete in the AAC Direct Qualifier April 18th-19th at Governor's Towne Club in Acworth, GA. The tournament serves as the conference's qualifier for the NAIA National Championship.

PINE MOUNTAIN, GA  - The Montreat College golf teams opened up their spring season by traveling to compete in the Point University Skyhawk Invitational this past Monday & Tuesday. 

In the men's tournament, the Cavaliers would use a strong second day to finish in 11th place as a team. Taylor Johnson (JR/Statesville, NC) led the way with a 76 (+4) in the second round and that moved him up 15 positions from the previous day to finish in a tie for 32nd place at +12 (156). Dylan Jones (SR/Mill Spring, NC) also made a second day move up the leader board as his second round score of 77 improved his day one total by three strokes. Jones finished in a tie for 38th at +13 (157). Phillip Westberry (FR/Snellville, GA) finished in a tie for 46th with a +14 after shooting rounds of 80 and 78 over the two days.

Trey Goodson (FR/Jacksonville, NC) placed in a tie for 72nd place at +20 (164) while Bailey Wilson (FR/Foley, AL) (+24), Luke McGann (FR/Cary, NC) (+26), and Duncan Moody (FR/Cleveland, GA) (+38) also competed for the Cavalier men.

Three members of the women's team also competed over the weekend. Emily McFarland (FR/McLeansville, NC) finished in 65th place (+54) while Lauren Bullock (FR/Fuquay-Varina, NC) placed 72nd (+81). Samantha Telsrow (FR/Belmont, NC) had a ten stroke improvement on day two and finished in 73rd.

This was our first tournament back from the off-season, and I think the winter rust showed a little", said Head Coach John Sullivan. "We made up some ground on the second day with a 14 stroke improvement. Tee to green, they hit it fairly well, but we missed a lot of opportunities on and around the greens. We'll take the next two weeks before our conference event and put more work in on the areas that need improvement."

The men's team will be back in action April 4th-5th when they compete in the Appalachian Athletic Conference Spring Championship at Eagle's Brook Country Club in Locust Grove, GA. The women's team will compete in the AAC Spring Championships April 11th-12th at the Woodlands Country Club in Columbia, SC.

Montreat, NC - Montreat College head men's & women's golf coach John Sullivan continues to stockpile talent for the 2016-2017 season and this time he didn't have to go far to find it. On Friday, Sullivan announced the signing of Asheville's hometown Andrew Stewart to the men's Cavalier squad.

A senior at Erwin High School, Stewart is a three-time Erwin Player of the Year and finished 5th in the 2015 MAC Championships. Stewart was also named the WNC Junior Golf Association Player of the Year in 2015, after collecting two tournament titles and three runner-up finishes. 

Stewart is also an accomplished scholar athlete, as he was named to the National Honors Society and the Duke TIPS program. He is looking forward to beginning his career at Montreat, saying "I chose Montreat because of the Chris-centered atmosphere. I am very excited to become a Cavalier and contribute to the golf team."

In speaking about Stewart, Coach Sullivan said, "We are very excited to have Andrew join us at Montreat. His playing experience and abilities will add some depth to our roster while providing a solid addition to an already strong foundation. His work ethic and character not only on the golf course but in the classroom make him a perfect fit for us as we look to take our program to the next level."

The son of John and Traci Stewart, Andrew plans to major in Business.

 
 
 
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