The Alice Lloyd College Invitational, first NAIA golf event of the year according to golfstat.com, was held at Stonecrest Golf Course on August 25 and 26. University of Pikeville men sizzled, shooting a 578 for the two rounds with matching 289’s for each round. Pikeville standouts Casey Castle and Will Boyd battled for medalist honors with Castle winning by 3 shots with a pair of 69’s to Boyd’s 72/69. Hiwassee College took second place with 335/319 for a 654 total for the two rounds, edging out West Virginia Tech by 2 strokes. University of Pikeville took 4 of the 5 All-Tournament honors, with Tyler Smith taking third shooting 72/75 for 147 and Drew Rothenstine taking fifth shooting 76/78 for a 154 total. Alice Lloyd College freshman Jared Albright shot 76/75 to take fourth place, rounding out the All-Tournament Team. University of Pikeville’s average score of 72.25 for this tournament ranks among the best in the NAIA, considering current NAIA golf champion Coastal Carolina’s adjusted scoring average is 73.14.
University of Pikeville also won the women’s tournament shooting 334/321 for a total of 655 for the two rounds. UPike women were led by Brittany Brophy, who shot 84/75 for a 159 to take Medalist honors. UPike women swept the All-Tournament team with Ashley Veach shooting 80/85 for a 165 to place second, Lauren Vice shot 85/82 for a 167 and third place with a 167, Lauren Gregory shot 79/89 for 168 to take fourth and Ayla Rhinesmith fired 90/79 for a 169 to take fifth. Midway College took second place in the women’s tournament shooting 366/349 for a two round total of 715.