Oct. 12, 2013
BYRON—The Carl Sandburg College men’s golf team qualified for its second straight trip to the NJCAA Division II national tournament and fourth in the last five years by finishing second in the Region IV tournament Saturday at PrairieView Golf Club.
The Chargers shot 318 as a team Saturday to leapfrog past Lake County, which entered with a three-stroke lead on Sandburg for the second and final national-qualifying spot. Sandburg finished with a three-round total of 963, five shots ahead of the Lancers. Defending champion Black Hawk won the tournament.
“This whole tournament was just a gutty effort by our guys,” Chargers coach Ryan Twaddle said. “We were able to stay within striking distance the first two rounds, and we picked a great day to put together one of our best rounds of the year. We have five newcomers to the team, so it’s really rewarding to see them come through in such a big moment. They really earned this.”
A 1-over-par 73 by freshman Ryan Ballard (Germantown Hills, Ill./Metamora) helped Sandburg make its final-round push. Ballard also finished the tournament with a team-low 231 total. Sophomores Joey Juergens (Galesburg, Ill./Galesburg) and Patrick Lewis (Williamsfield, Ill./Williamsfield) each shot 80, and freshman Dylan Mullins (Metamora, Ill./Metamora) added an 85 to round out the Chargers’ scoring. Freshman Austin McDougall III (Pekin, Ill./Pekin) carded an 87 that didn’t count toward Sandburg’s team score.
The Chargers will compete in the national tournament May 20-23 at Swan Lake Resort in Plymouth, Ind. Sandburg last spring finished 12th at nationals, the best showing in program history.
The Carl Sandburg College men's golf team stands with its second-place trophy from the Region IV tournament. Left to right: Patrick Lewis, Bryer Anderson, Dylan Mullins, Joey Juergens, Ryan Ballard and Austin McDougall III.