Scots, Bray claim Maryville College Invitational title as Manuel, Cofer earn All-Tournament

Scots, Bray claim Maryville College Invitational title as Manuel, Cofer earn All-Tournament

The Scots claimed the Maryville College Invitational Championship on Tuesday, as MC won their home tournament by 26 strokes.

Tyler Bray earned the individual championship honors, while Wil Manuel and Andy Cofer of the Scots claimed All-Tournament accolades.

"We're proud that we won," Head Coach Ron Waters said following the event. "We had some guys play really well, and we had some guys not quite play up to what they expected of themselves. I think when you host, you get your expectations high. I think that hurt us in some ways. I think some of the guys expected to play better than they did, and sometimes, trying to live up to the expectations is a hard thing to do. This is a good way to finish the fall off. We've had a really good fall, and hopefully, we're going to build on this and be even better in the spring."

Bray won the championship with a four-under 136. Manuel ranked third in the two-day event, while Cofer was managed a fourth-place tally.

Nathan Hawkins of Covenant College took second, while Wesley Jones of Emory & Henry wrapped up the All-Tournament squad with a fifth-place finish.

"Our goal was to have five, to be perfectly honest, but to have three guys in the top five is a good finish," Waters said. "Tyler and Wil played really well. We expected that. Andy came back after struggling last week and had a really good tournament. I'm proud of him for that, and I know that is going to bode well going into the spring."

The sophomore's win marks the second of its kind in Bray's two-year career. He won the MC Invitational last season, as well.

The Lutz, Fla. native shot a one-under 69 in the first round, as he improved that score with a three-under 67 on the second day today.

"It's a good confidence boost, especially going into spring," Bray said. "I think we have a lot of good things in the makings. I was down one through 11, and I ended up winning by five. I Eagled 12, and I finished with three birdies, so that's a big confidence boost to close it out. Just to know that you can do it when you need to is good for future events, especially in the spring, with confidence."

"That tells a lot about him and how he finished out the round," Waters said. "I'm really proud of him, and we're looking for more great things."

Maryville College's 19-over 579 was followed by Covenant College at 605. Southern Virginia University took third with a 614, as Emory & Henry College was fourth at 636.

Covenant's Hawkins was second with a one-over 141, as Manuel posted a four-over 144. Cofer was just one shot behind his teammate at 145, as Jones ranked fifth at 147.

Garrett Compliment finished the Scots' home tournament with a 10-over 150 to tie for ninth, while D.J. Shelton improved his first day score by six strokes to rank tied 11th at 152.

Hunter DeSena improved his first-round tally by nine shots for a 159 at 22nd as Brady Orr ranked tied for 24th with a 162. Peyton Wheat ranked 26th at 163, as Jay Burgin shot a 165 to tie for 28th.