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Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Golf (Men's)

Spartan Golfers 3 Strokes Off Lead After Round 1

By Craig Olson - Chautauqua, NY

Mason Landborg on the sixteenth hole.  PHOTO by JEFF HAUKOS

The M State Spartans shot a first round score of 321 on Tuesday at the Chautauqua Golf Course in Chautauqua, New York and trail the co-leaders, Georgia Military (defending National Champs) and Vincennes University (Champions in 2013 and 2016) by 3 strokes.  Sandhills CC (2014 Champs) are in fourth with a 324.  M State won the title in 2012 so the current top four teams have won five of the last six championships.

"The scores were as high as we have seen in a round since we have been out here," commented Head Coach Jason Retzlaff.  "The winds were whipping and combine that with the extremely fast greens, it made for difficult conditions.  We really struggled on the front nine and outside of Mason Landborg couldn't seem to get into the flow of the round.  But, we really hung in there and played very nicely on the back nine.  It was one of those rounds that felt like we weren't playing well, but then wehn we came in to see the scores, it was obvious that the conditions were tough on everybody.  We are very pleased with our position heading into round two.  This is a marathon and not a race and patience is of the utmost importance in a four round golf championship."

Mason Landborg led the way for the Spartans with a 75, tying him for the third best round of the day.  Landborg had one of the two eagles recorded in round one of the championship.  Zach Breault of Vincennes had the low round of the day with a 71.

"Mason played extremely well today," added Coach Retzlaff.  "He had outstanding control of his golf ball and played very consistently.  He also had a couple of the best shots of the day including a near ace on the difficult twelfth hole.  He knows his way around the course and did a great job of leading us today."

Other Spartan scores included an 80 from Hunter Moen, 83's from Blake Bloedorn and Nick Kress and an 84 from Jordan Kern.

This is the Spartans seventh consecutive appearance as a team at the National Tournament, the longest streak in NJCAA Division III Golf. 

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