Peter Ballo Cards Six-Under 66, Wins Individual NEC Men’s Golf Title In Playoff

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Peter Ballo (Stamford, Conn.) shot a six-under 66 on Sunday in the final round of the 2014 Northeast Conference Men's Golf Championship at LPGA International Champions Course, winning individual medalist honors in a playoff against first round leader Ryan Tombs of Bryant.

Ballo entered the day tied for 11th at three-over par and opened his round Sunday with birdies on four of the first six holes, including three straight at one point. He went out in 31, five strokes under par. After back-to-back birdies on 13 and 14, Ballo was seven-under par for his round. He wrapped up his round with his only bogey of the day on 18 to finish with a six-under 66, the lowest round of the tournament. Tombs, who carded a 67 on Saturday, was +2 on Sunday as both he and Ballo finished the 36-hole tournament with identical scores of three-under 141. After both golfers made par on the first playoff hole, Ballo birdied the second hole to win the title.

Ross Kronberg (New Canaan, Conn.) finished the tournament tied for 23rd after carding an 82 on Sunday, leading to a two-round score of 157, 13 strokes over par. A.J. Correia (Bedford, N.H.) cut two strokes from his first round on Sunday, posting a 79 to finish tied for 29th at +16. Will Smittle (Scarsdale, N.Y.) also had a 79 on Sunday to make the Pioneers' scoring group, finishing tied for 36th at +19 for the tournament. Jeff Cohen (Windham, N.H.) finished the tournament at +23 after posting an 86 on Sunday to finish tied for 39th.

Sacred Heart finished seventh in the team competition with a team score of 618, 42 shots over par. The Pioneers were one shot behind sixth-place Saint Francis U and two behind fifth-place LIU Brooklyn. Bryant won the team title with a score of 592, eight strokes clear of second place Fairleigh Dickinson.