GREENSBORO, N.C. – Junior Addison Lambeth (Greensboro, N.C./Wesleyan (Appalachian State)) won medalist honors and helped his Huntingdon College Hawks win their first O’Briant-Jensen Memorial Golf Tournament title Tuesday.
Lambeth, a three-year golfer at Appalachian State University and a former United States Marine, earned his first college victory by shooting 68-75-143. He won the 96-man tourney by six shots over Wittenberg University’s Garrett Brickley (75-74-149). Lambeth’s teammate Chad Ring also shot 75 Tuesday and finished in a share of third place at 76-75-151. The Hawks’ Chase Faegin carded another 75, which vaulted him up 21 spots to 13th place at 80-75-155.
The three 75s helped Huntingdon shoot 304 Tuesday on the par-71, 6,819-yard Sedgefield Golf and Country Club-Pete Dye Course. With a 36-hole of 606, the Hawks won the 18-team tournament by six strokes over second-place Wittenberg. The Tigers shot 307-305-612 to edge tournament host Guilford College by one stroke. The Quakers matched Huntingdon’s low Monday round with Tuesday’s best score (302) and placed third at 311-302-613. Defending tournament champion Methodist University, ranked first in the latest Golfstat.com NCAA Division III Head-to-Head Ratings, shot a second-round 311 and climbed into fourth place (316-311-627), two strokes ahead of Greensboro College (312-317-629).
Lambeth, excelled on the course’s 11 par-4 holes where he averaged a tournament-best 4.09 and shot two-over for the tournament. He also paced the group on the three par-5 holes where he shot four-under and averaged 4.3 strokes per hole. Lambeth finished second with 25 pars and made six birdies over 36 holes.
The 12-ranked Hawks were one of nine competitors ranked among the top-45 squads in the latest Golfstat.com Division III rankings. Wittenberg, rated fourth, was the second-highest team in the field and placed four of five golfers in the top-13. Sam Stillwell notched a 77 Tuesday after an opening-round 76 and shared seventh place with a 153, two strokes better than teammates Sam Geise (77-78-155) and Colin Laszio (79-76-155). The Tigers’ Mark David Wright drilled a hole-in-one Tuesday on the par-3 16th hole and shot 79 for the day.
Guilford nearly caught the Tigers with the Tuesday’s low round. Ranked 17th by Golfstat.com, the Quakers started the second round four strokes behind Wittenberg in a share of third place. Sophomore Harrison Frye (High Point, N.C./High Point) shot his best round of the season and the best round of the day Tuesday with a two-over 73. He made the turn at four-over-par, but played the back nine at two-under and ended up in 22nd place at 84-73-157. Teammate Ty Palmer (Kernersville, N.C./Forsyth Country Day) turned in a 74 Tuesday thanks to an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole. He finished tied for fifth at 78-74-152. Freshman Justin Perdue had the best finish of his short college career with a third-place score of 74-77-151. The Quakers’ Tanner Gross (Archdale, N.C./Homeschooled) made a tournament-best 26 pars and placed seventh at 75-78-153.
The O’Briant-Jensen has been played annually since 1978 at the course formerly known as the Cardinal. It was initially named for longtime Guilford golf supporters and Cardinal members Tom and Bettie O’Briant, but adopted its current title in 2010 after the passing of longtime Quakers’ golf and basketball coach Jack Jensen. The tourney typically attracts some of NCAA Division III’s top teams. It marked the final fall competition for coach Justin Tereshko’s Quakers, who return to the links March 7-8, 2016, at the TaylorMade /Adidas Intercollegiate in Dataw Island, South Carolina.