Golfers from around the Minnesota College Athletic Conference and the NJCAA Region XIII convened over October 2nd and 3rd in the MCAC/Region XIII Golf Championships. The two day event dodged some weather concerns to squeeze in the required rounds, which concludes the fall schedule for all teams.
En route to both the MCAC and Region XIII Championships, M State shot a second round 309 to win both titles. The margin of victory for the NJCAA honors could not have been tighter, as the Region XIII victory was by one stroke over Southwest (WI) Technical College, a squad who shot 313 in the second round. Mesabi Range College finished third in the Region and took the runner-up spot in the MCAC. Rochester CTC finishes fourth in both Region and Conference play, carding a 748 team score.
The Spartans took the tougher path to the hardward, as they trailed after Day 1 but played the final three holes in 2 under par fashion to rally for the team victory. With the triumph, M State celebrates their both their 7th consecutive Region XIII Championship and 7th consecutive MCAC championship.
Individually, Hunter Moen earned individual champion honors for both the Region and MCAC. He shot a second round of 74 for a two day total of 150. Mitch Steiner - a 2017 1st team All-American - came in second with a cumulative total of 151 for the event. Moen is the Spartans 4th individual Region Champion in the last 7 years.
By sweeping both the MCAC and Regional event, the Spartans will return in June to the NJCAA Division III National Championship, to be held at Chautauqua, NY.
NJCAA Regional Team Results:
|1st||M State||628 total||Top Individual: Hunter Moen (150)|
|2nd||Southwest (WI) Technical College||629 total||Top Individual: Mitch Steiner (151)|
|3rd||Mesabi Range College||639 total||Top Individual: Nick Moe (154)|
|4th||Rochester CTC||748 total||Top Individual: Ethan Otterbein (161)|
Individual Results by Team:
M State Fergus Falls
Hunter Moen 76-74= 150
Mason Landborg 78-74= 152
Nick Kress 81-80= 161
Jordan Kern 87-81= 168
Blake Bloedorn 84-85= 169
Southwest (WI) Technical College
Mitch Steiner 77-74= 151
Drew Zimmerman 78-74= 152
Rollin Petersen 80-78= 158
Matt Ambrose 82-87= 169
Trey Stendalen 81-93= 174
Mesabi Range College
Nick Moe 76-78= 154
Jon Rue 83-81= 164
John Sjoberg 77-91= 168
Zach Rinne 84-85= 169
Beau Halttunen 98-75= 173
Rochester Community & Technical College
Ethan Otterbein 82-79= 161
Nick Paulsen 80-83= 163
Will Forberg 112-95= 207
Austin Miller 109-108= 217
According to M State head golf coach, Jason Retzlaff:
"This was one of the most exciting rounds I can remember having our golf program involved with as we went head to head with an outstanding Southwest Tech team. We trailed going into the last six holes but our players kept their composure and stayed in the moment. Our team played the final three holes of the championship in two under par to close the deal. I couldn't be more proud of the way they competed under immense pressure. This might be the deepest team (in terms of) 1-10 that we have had. It is a great team accomplishment for all ten of our Spartan golfers this fall."
Retzlaff went on to note: "Congrats Hunter Moen on the individual championship. He was an absolute rock and went toe to toe in the 2nd round with one of the best players in Div. III golf (Mitch Steiner-Southwest Tech). Hunter showed the poise of a champion. Mason Landborg played a superb final round. He was the epitome of clutch with birdies on two of his last three holes."
"Lots of credit has to go to Southwest Tech as they have a tremendous team and a first rate golf program. It took everything we had to come out on top against such a great opponent. Mesabi Range needs to be commended as well as they played 2 very good team rounds of golf and finished very strong."
Story courtesy of M State, Mesabi Range and MCAC Sports
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