May 24, 2013
SCOTTSBORO, Ala.—The Carl Sandburg College men’s golf team posted its best finish in program history and tied the school record for lowest total score during the final round of the NJCAA Division II national tournament Friday at Goose Pond Colony.
The Chargers tied Clarendon (Texas) for 12th in the tournament, and their four-day total of 1,222 matched that of the 2011 team that placed 14th, the school’s previous best overall finish.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the way the guys came out and played today,” Chargers coach Ryan Twaddle said. “It was the windiest day of the tournament and the greens were the fastest they’d been all week, but they played really solid golf all day long. This was probably our best overall round of the week.”
Sophomore Cody Reiber shot a 3-over-par 76 on Friday and tied for 31st overall with a four-day total of 297. His round included a hole-out from the bunker for birdie on the par-4 sixth. Freshman Joey Juergens shot 1 over in the final round and 305 for the week, tying him for 63rd. Sophomore Chad Hatch (301, T-77th) carded a 78, and sophomore Mark Dockstader (319, T-97th) closed with a 77, his lowest round of the tournament. Sophomore Nick Gustafson (323, T-104th) added an 84 for Sandburg.
“I’m glad we were able to finish on a positive note, especially for our four sophomores,” Twaddle said. “With the best finish in school history and tying our lowest total score, now we have something new to shoot for next season.”
South Mountain (Ariz.) repeated as national champion by shooting a 13-under-par 1,139 for the tournament to win by 32 shots over Walters State (Tenn.). Parkland’s David Keenan finished at 8 under, taking the individual title by five strokes.