Huntington, Ind. - Huntington University used an impressive final round four-over 288 to surpass day one leader Marian University to win the 2011 Mid-Central College Conference Golf Championships at Stonehenge Golf and Country Club by two strokes.
It is the seventh time the Foresters have captured the title with the last coming in the 2008-09 season. The win gives the Foresters an automatic bid to the NAIA Men's Golf National Championship held at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill. May 24-27. It marks the second time that HU has qualified as a team for the event.
“Our main goal before the season began was to win the conference tournament, and we thought it would come down to us and Marian,” commented head coach Mark Green. “It's been a great year for us and we are very excited to get back to the NAIA National Tournament again.”
The Foresters had their work cut out for them after posting a 585, ten strokes behind the Knights, after Monday’s play. HU methodically chipped away at the deficit on Tuesday and finally evened things up on the seventeenth hole but the tournament didn’t end without controversy. It looked as if Marian and Huntington would head into a ten-man play-off but the Knights were assessed a two-stroke penalty on the 17th hole for an illegal drop from a hazard giving HU the two-shot victory. The Foresters shot 297-288-288 for an 873 and the MCC title.
Junior Jordan Dawes was a picture of consistency as he shot one under through the first 36 holes to sit atop the leader board after Monday’s play. He went on to shoot par on Tuesday to finish the tourney with a one-under 212 (71, 70, 71) and bring home top medalist honors. Freshman Seth Robertson turned in a spectacular performance to finish third in individual scoring with a 217 (75, 71, 71). Senior Cory Powell finished in a tie for seventh place after he carded a seven-over-par 220 (74, 73, 73). Matt Wilson closed the tournament with a 226 (77, 76, 73) and Josh Teulker was two strokes back with a 228 (80, 74, 74).
As top medalist, Dawes was named “MCC Player of the Year”. He, along with teammates Seth Robertson and Cory Powell were named to the MCC All-Conference Team.
Coach Green couldn’t be more pleased with his players. “The fact that we made up ten strokes on a team as good as Marian says a lot about how well the guys played today. Ten strokes is a huge mountain to climb when you play against a very solid team and our guys were able to step up and accomplish what they set out to do. Jordan Dawes played great all three rounds. It was a very intense 54 holes for him, and it came down to the last hole to decide who would be overall medalist.”
“I can't say enough about how well Seth Robertson played for us. Playing as a freshman in his first conference match, he ended up finishing third overall and on the All-Conference Team. There's no way we end up winning this tournament without the performance Seth displayed during this tournament. He played excellent. I am so happy that Cory Powell gets to continue his career for one more tournament. Cory has been a special player here at Huntington University and accomplished many great things during his four years.”
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