Camels tie for 3rd in top-notch field at The Hayt Invitational

Ray Kraivixien
(ScarboroughPhotography.com)
Ray Kraivixien (ScarboroughPhotography.com)

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FLA. – Ray Kraivixien finished fifth individually and Campbell moved up to a third place tie following Sunday's final round of The Hayt Invitational men's golf tournament at Sawgrass Country Club.

In a field that included five teams ranked among the nation's top 50, Campbell (293-292-290—875) recorded the low team score of the day and finished even with No.-49 UCF (285-299-291).  Host North Florida, ranked No.-36 nationally by Golfstat, won the 15-school event at 7-over 871 (291-286-294), three strokes better than No.-13 Jacksonville (295-285-294—874).

With their fifth top-five effort in seven tournaments this season, the Camels placed ahead of No.-33 Liberty (878), plus representatives of the Atlantic Coast (Louisville), Southeastern (Tennessee) and Pacific Athletic (UCLA) Conferences.

Peter Kim of Army won individual honors at 6-under-par 210 (72-68-70), one stroke ahead of UNF's Phillip Knowles (73-67-71—211) and David Wicks of Jacksonville (70-70-71—211).

A sophomore from Bangkok, Thailand, Kraivixien recorded his second top-five showing of the year by finishing at 2-under 214 (71-70-73).  He tied for second in the field in par-five scoring (-7) and tied for seventh with 35 pars.  Kraivixien's final round included two birdies and 13 pars.

Fellow sophomore Jesper Svensson tied for 23rd (75-73-73—221), while freshmen Brett McLamb (77-77-71—225) and Max Theodorakis (81-72-73—226) were 40th and 44th, respectively.  Senior Craig Hornberger finished in a tie for 51st (70-80-78—228) in the 84-golfer field.

As a team, the Camels tied for first in the field in par-3 scoring (+8) and were third on the par-5 holes (-13) and in pars (154).  The Camels combined for 48 birdies, fourth-best in the event.

Svensson matched Kraivixien at 7-under on the par-five layouts, tied for sixth in par-3 scoring (even) and eighth with 12 birdies. 

The Camels return to action Mar. 10-11 in the Border Olympics at Laredo (Texas) Country Club.

The Hayt
Sawgrass Country Club / Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Feb. 24-26, 2017 / Par 72, 6977 Yards

Final Team Results: 1. North Florida 291-286-294—871, 2. Jacksonville 295-285-294—874, T3. UCF 285-299-291—875, T3. Campbell 293-292-290—875, 5. Liberty 289-295-294—878, 6. Louisville 286-301-294—881, 7. North Texas 292-293-297—882, 8. Tennessee 296-288-301—885, 9. Army 299-292-295—886, 10. East Carolina 296-294-299—889, 11. UAB 290-295-309—894, 12. Furman 298-300-299—897, 13. UCLA 308-285-306—899, 14. Coastal Carolina 298-303-310—911, 15. Navy 313-313-320—944.

Final Individual Leaders: 1. Peter Kim (Army) 72-68-70—210, T2. Phillip Knowles (North Florida) 73-67-71—211, T2. David Wicks (Jacksonville) 70-70-71—211, 4. Hidetoshi Yoshihara (UCLA) 71-73-68—212, 5. Ray Kraivixien (Campbell) 71-70-73—214.

Other Campbell Individuals: T23. Jesper Svensson 75-73-73—221, T61. Brett McLamb 77-77-71—225, T55. Max Theodorakis 81-72-73—226, T51. Craig Hornberger 70-80-78—228.