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PHOTO GALLERY: SCAD Atlanta Golf Invitational
Brooks Generis
Reinhardt University freshman golfer Brooks Generis making his approach on the green. Photo by Michael Pope.

PORTERDALE, Ga. - There were 11 different schools with 17 men's and women's teams taking a part in the Savannah College of Art and Design Atlanta Invitational this past weekend at the Oaks golf course.

It was the Truett McConnell men's golf team and the University of Northwestern Ohio walking away as champions from the SCAD Atlanta Invitational. 

The Truett McConnell Bears finished with a team total of 16-under par and had a 12-shot lead over second place Reinhardt University. The Bears were led by a pair of seniors with Matt Smith finishing with the men's individual low score of 13-under par and Dawson Day, who finished right behind Smith 10-under par.

The University of Northwestern Ohio golf team finished with a team total of 14-over par with an 11-shot lead over second-place Loyola University-New Orleans. The Racers were led by strong rounds from junior Devaki Ganesh, who finished with the second-best individual score at even par, and senior Natalia Quintero, who finished third at one stroke over par. 

The leading individual scorer for the women's side came from William Carey University, with sophomore Papatsara Niamrungrueang finishing 2-under par.

It was an all-around great two days of golf at the Oaks golf course and SCAD director of athletics Glen Hill was not only pleased with the high quality of golf that was played but the course as a whole. 

"We were very happy with how the tournament went as a whole. The people at the Oaks put on a great event and the course was in fantastic shape," Hill said."The field this year on the women's side was the strongest we've had in the seven years of hosting the tournament. There were three teams ranked in the top 10 in the nation, and five teams total from the top 25. In all it was a great success and will stand as one of the best fields in the country this year outside of the national championships."