Stafford Takes Title as Crusaders Finish Second at Regional Preview

Stafford Takes Title as Crusaders Finish Second at Regional Preview

CONOVER, N.C. -- Senior Nick Stafford blistered the Rock Barn Golf & Spa course for a nine-under 63 Tuesday to take medalist honors at the 2017 DII South/Southeast Regional Preview. He moved up from a tie eighth place after the opening round to finish four shots ahead of the field at eight-under 136 (73-63). The title is the first this season and seventh of his career.

As a team, the Crusaders posted the low round of the day -- 280 -- to move up five spots to second, six shots behind Barton.

Levi Kettelhut tied for 18th at 146 (76-70), while Maurizio DeBono was one stroke behind (76-71) in a tie for 22nd. Austin Gliha shot 149 (73-76) to tie for 33rd with Michael Mead rounding out the scoring with a 158 (82-76) to tie for 68th.

The Crusaders return to action next week at a pair of tournaments. The top team will compete at the Donald Ross Intercollegiate in Morganton, while the B and C teams play at the Walters State Invitational in Morristown, Tenn.