Athletic News

May 13, 2011
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Huntingdon College
News Release

Hawks Fire Friday's Low Round, 289, Finishing Sixth at the NCAA Division III Championship

GREENSBORO, N.C. --- Huntingdon College's men's golf team moved up two spots during the final round of the 2011 NCAA Division III Championship after carding the low round of the day, 289, finishing in sixth place with a four day total of 1182, 30-over par.

Nine miles away from their campus, No. 4 Greensboro claimed the 2011 NCAA Division Championship with a four day total of 1167. No. 5 Illinois Wesleyan University posted a runner-up finish following a 290 team total on Friday trailing The Pride by six-strokes. Three school's finished tied for 3rd place on Friday with a tournament total of 1180, 28-over par, including No. 2 Saint John's University, No. 3 Methodist University and No. 17 Texas Lutheran University.

Centre College's Chris Morris captured the individual title after carding a 14-under par, 274, during the four day tournament.

“Today's round was a great way to end our season and this really showed our team's character to finish strong during the final round,” said Director of Golf Matt Mahanic on the fact that the Hawks' recorded the tournament low on the Grandover Resort's East Course on Friday with a 289.

The Hawks completed their seventh consecutive NCAA Division III Championship on Friday at the Grandover Resort and Conference Center 15-strokes behind the champion, Greensboro College. Freshman Jamey Lester helped Huntingdon record the round low by firing a four-under par, 68, during the final round on Friday.

Senior Chase Blaich and freshman Cates Culpepper each received Third Team All-American honors following 22nd place finishes at the NCAA Division III Championship. Blaich finished his career at Huntingdon a two-time All-American while Culpepper capped off his freshman season with the honor. “These two young men have great work ethic and it showed in their performance this week finishing in the top-24 to receive the All-American honors,” said Mahanic.

On the final day of the tournament, Lester registered the Hawks' best round at the championship with a four-under par, 68, finishing tied for 26th place with a four day total of 298, 10-over par. Blaich completed his final collegiate round of golf with an even-par, 72, performance placing tied for 22nd with a nine-over par, 297. Culpepper also finished tied for 22nd place after shooting four-over par, 76, on Friday for a nine-over par, 297, total.

In the final round of his Huntingdon career, senior J.P. Kircher, two-time All-American, carded one-over par, 73, finishing the tournament tied for 32nd place with a 12-over par, 300. Freshman Rodes Bowers finished tied for 47th place following a nine-over par, 81, on Friday bringing his tournament total to 304, 16-over par. “Rodes (Bowers) performance in the first three rounds really helped us make the cut this week and I'm happy how he stepped up during the tournament,” said Mahanic.

The Hawks' graduate two seniors this season in two-time All-American Blaich and Kircher and they're departure will be felt, “We're going to miss these guy's big time,” said Mahanic. “They've set the bench-mark very high for everyone following them and they brought a lot of heart and character into our program.”

The seventh-ranked Hawks concluded their season on Friday with a sixth place finish at the NCAA Division III Championship at the Grandover Resort and Conference Center's East Course. Next season the Hawks will return three experienced sophomore's looking to return to the championship, “Even though we'll still be young next season, these three freshmen have matured after gaining so much playing experience throughout this year,” said Mahanic.

2011 NCAA Division III Championship – Team Results (Complete Results)

Fin. School 1 2 3 4 Total

1 Greensboro 291 289 297 290 1167

2 Illinois Wesleyan 294 291 298 290 1173

T3 St. John's (MN) 286 291 306 297 1180

T3 Methodist 299 286 295 300 1180

T3 Texas Lutheran 292 292 298 298 1180

6 Huntingdon 294 297 302 289 1182

T22 Chase Blaich 75 73 77 72 297

T22 Cates Culpepper73 75 73 76 297

T26 Jamey Lester 72 76 82 68 298

T32 J.P. Kircher 74 75 78 73 300

T47 Rodes Bowers 75 74 74 81 304

7 Centre 296 301 299 290 1186

8 Emory 289 297 299 302 1187

9 Guilford 295 298 299 299 1191

10 Redlands 298 301 297 297 1193

T11 ChristopherNew. 304 294 298 308 1204

T11 Oglethorpe 286 304 314 300 1204

13 Wisconsin-EC 299 300 318 297 1214

14 Millikin 297 303 314 307 1221

15 La Verne 298 302 320 307 1227

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