Maryville, Manuel set records in second round of Royal Lakes Fall Invitational

Maryville, Manuel set records in second round of Royal Lakes Fall Invitational

The Maryville College golf squad improved 11 strokes in the final round of the Royal Lakes Fall Invitational, as the Scots improved seven spots to finish tied for seventh in the tournament.

Maryville set a new single-round record during the tournament, shooting a 2-over par 290 in round two. That total breaks the record for the second time this season, as the Scots finished with a score of 591.

Wil Manuel also set an MC record. With an Eagle on the 496-yard, par-5 third hole, the junior surpassed former All-American Trey Bridwell. Both Scots were tied with five Eagles, before Manuel's sixth on Sunday broke the mark.

"I'm really proud of our comeback today after struggling on Saturday with a 301," Head Coach Ron Waters said. "The team played a great round and shot a 2-over par 290 today and moved from 14th up to a tie for seventh place against a really good field."

Greensboro College finished the tournament as the team champions with a four shot lead over Emory University, shooting a 579 (284, 295).

Lance Keiser of Ferrum College – who finished tied for ninth as a squad – was the individual champion, as he tied with 13th-place Centre College's Andrew McKinney who both shot 139s.

Maryville's Tyler Bray shot his third under-par performance in his first four collegiate events, as the freshman shot a one-under 143. He shot 71 in the second round, improving his first round 72, tying for ninth place.

Manuel finished tied for 23rd, shooting a 143 (72-75). Doug Whitten shot a 153 (77-76), before Garrett Compliment had what is believed to be the biggest improvement between rounds in MC history.

The sophomore posted a 15-over 87 in round one, before improving 19 strokes for a 4-under 68 in the second round. He scored a 155 for the tournament, as D.J. Shelton recorded a 163 (80-83) for the Scots' scores.

The Scots will return to action on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 16-17, as they take part in the Bojangles Tennessee Intercollegiate. The tournament is set to be played on the Tennessee National Golf Club in Loudon, Tenn.