GOLF: Peters’ top-five finish paces Sand Sharks vs. tough D1 field

USCB’s Dawson Peters continued his hot start to the 2021 golf season on Saturday and Sunday,  finishing in a tie for fifth place to lead the Sand Sharks at the Invitational at Savannah Harbour. 

The Iowa native placed inside the top-15 in an amazing 14th straight tournament, dating back to October 2019. 

Peters shined in the second round of the three-round event, shooting a tremendous four-under 68. All but two holes of the blazing-hot round were played on Saturday before the senior came back to complete holes 10 and 11 on Sunday. Peters cooled off in the final round, firing a 75 to finish the tourney with a 1-under 215, earning a tie for fifth with Mulbe Dillard of Florida A&M. 

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Jonas Demant delivered the second-best tally for USCB, shooting a 225 to place in a tie for 37th, finishing strong with a pair of birdies on the back nine on Sunday for a final-round 77. Jacob Thomas and Skyler Sicoli each recorded a 229, and Turner Wegener rounded out the Sand Shark top five with a 236. 

USCB, the only NAIA squad in the field of NCAA Division I programs, placed 11th out of 16 teams, and once again finished ahead of strong Division I competition. 

Tyler Copp captured the individual title, shooting a stellar seven-under 209 to give his Mercer Bears the team championship. 

The Sand Sharks return to action on March 1-2, hosting the Oldfield Classic in Okatie. 

By Wes Kerr

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