Men's golf captures title at Hill City Invitational

Men's golf team with title trophy
Ed Smith Photography

Lynchburg, Va. -- University of Lynchburg's men's golf team held off the field Tuesday to take the Hill City Invitational crown at Boonsboro Country Club.

Senior Branson Terrell (Lynchburg, Va.) claimed medalist honors on his home course, leading three Hornets in the top-five finishers.

Terrell's 69-73--142 put him 2-under par for the tournament, the only player in the field to finish in the red. Those marks led Lynchburg to a 314-317--631 team mark as the Hornets' bested second-place Averett by three strokes.

It is Lynchburg's first tournament victory since the 2013 Lynchburg Invitational.

Terrell's win was one of resiliency. After birdying three of the first five holes in Round 1, he carded back-to-back bogeys on holes 7 and 8 to fall back to 1-under. Terrell held to par on the back nine until holes 15 and 16, where he scored consecutive birdies to get back to 3-under, where he finished the round.

His Round 2 started much different with a double-bogey on No. 2. He took a birdie on No. 4 but tallied three more bogeys on the front nine to head out 4-over par. Terrell made the ground up quickly, however, with three straight birdies to start the back nine and cruised to the victory.

His tournament total of 142 ranks tied for fourth on Lynchburg's program low-tournament leaderboard.

Playing as an individual, sophomore Ben Ailsworth (Lynchburg, Va.) played to a fourth-place finish, following his Day 1 80 with a second-day score of 72 for a total of 8-over 152.

Freshman Harry Hodgert also broke into the top 10 for the Hornets (78-78--156), finishing fifth on the leaderboard.

Four more Hornets broke into the top 20, led by junior Carter Old (Chesapeake, Va.), who checked in 15th at 84-82--166.

Freshman Brantly Howerton (Mooresville, N.C.), playing individually, followed in a tie for 16th (85-82--167), while junior Russell Markley (Remington, Va.) and sophomore Josh Petrillo (Leesburg, Va.) followed with twin 170s.

Playing individually, freshman Nick Walton (Stuarts Draft, Va.) rounded out the Hornet lineup with a 22nd-place result (82-90--172).

Lynchburg's men's golf team will take off for Spring Break next week before returning to action March 30-31 at the McDaniel Spring Invitational in Abbottstown, Pa.

--LYN--

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