Golf team 2 shots short of nationals

Clarion Staff Report

For the third consecutive year, the golf team placed second in the Region IV NJCAA Tournament. Also for the third consecutive year, the team lost to N4C conference rival Rock Valley College. The team put up a team total of 950, two behind Rock Valley at the event held at Prairie View Golf Course in Byron, Ill.

After being down 10 strokes going into the final round, the WolfPack nearly mounted a comeback. Prior to the final round, Madison College was down 10 strokes to front-running Rock Valley.

Doug Jeans, WolfPack freshman, lost in a playoff for medalist honors that cost him a position in the national tournament. It was a strong showing for Jeans, who did not place lower than third in any of the three days of the tournament.

If Jeans had placed in the national tournament, it would have been the third consecutive year Madison College had an individual representing them in the national tournament. In 2009, Andrew Steinhofer placed nationally only to be followed by Evan Wartgow last year.

Also scoring high individually was sophomore Kyle Braska. He finished fourth, with a final tally of 79, two strokes behind Jeans and Elliot Day, second year player for Rock Valley.

The team started the tournament on day one by scoring 318 as a team, five strokes behind College of DuPage.

The tournament was held on Oct. 6-8. College of DuPage placed third as a team, as they finished three strokes behind Madison College and five behind Rock Valley for a score of 953. The course was a par 72. The national tournament will be held in June in Chautauqua, NY.