March 11, 2014

Former Catamount 2nd at tourney; DSC claims 5th place

The results just kept getting better for Col-lege of Coastal Georgia senior golfer Chase Miller at the Sand Shark Classic.

The same was true for the Dalton State College Roadrunners.

Miller — who starred at Dalton High School and was The Daily Citizen’s All-Area Spring Boys Athlete of the Year in 2010 — shot rounds of par 72, 71 and 70 to finish tied for second overall and help lead the Mariners to a 21-stroke win at the three-round tournament at Oldfield Golf Club in Okatie, S.C. Coastal Georgia is ranked No. 3 in the nation among National Association of Intercolle-giate Athletics schools and won its third straight tournament stretching back to the end of the Mariners’ fall schedule.

Miller, teammate Dylan Freeman and Matt Morin of Johnson & Wales University (North Miami, Fla.) all finished at 3-under 213 when the two-day tournament ended Tuesday afternoon, and Freeman won the playoff with a birdie on the 17th hole. It was Miller’s second runner-up finish this year, after he fired a 5-under 211 but was edged out of first by a stroke at the Dave Adamonis Sr. Invitational in Florida this past fall.

The Mariners finished with a team total of 861, while 20th-ranked University of South Carolina-Beaufort, the tournament’s host, shot an 886. Twelfth-ranked Johnson & Wales (886) was third, followed by No. 25 Southeastern University (Lakeland, Fla.), which shot an 888.

Dalton State was fifth with a team score of 897 as the Roadrunners improved by 12 strokes on their second-round total of 302. Dalton State’s Tobi Ebner was the medalist of the third round with a 4-under 68, which was also the low round of the tournament. Ebner finished seventh overall individually and was five strokes out of the playoff after the final round.

“This week was a good week with strong competition with very highly-ranked teams, and each and every day, they got better,” Dalton State coach Ben Ricketts said. “They did a good job of being patient because the course was not easy at all.”

Ebner, who is from Austria and enrolled at the start of this semester, had back-to-back 75s in the first two rounds played on Monday, and ended Tuesday’s play with a birdie-eagle-birdie finish to get to 68.

“He is starting to get comfortable, and he played very, very well,” Ricketts said. “The two 75s in the first two rounds were about as bad as they could be, which is remarkable that his ‘bad’ golf is 3-over.”

Other scorers for Dalton on Tuesday were Chase Jones (71, 226 total), Levi Nix (75, 227), Tyler Mitchell (76, 229) and Anthony D’Angelo (78, 231).

Both Dalton State and Coastal Georgia return to action March 24-25 at the Emmanuel College Invitational in Hartwell.

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