The M State Men’s Golf team recorded a score of 315 in the final round of the NJCAA Division III National Championship Tournament on Friday in Chautauqua, New York, ending up in fourth place with a cumulative score of 1,264 over four days. Vincennes University won the team title with 1,237 strokes, followed by Sandhills CC of Pinehurst, NC (1,249) and Georgia Military College (1,260).
This marks the seventh consecutive season that M State has finished in the top five and for the fourth consecutive year placed in the top four.
“While we weren’t able to put the magical round together today, they competed very hard and put up a solid final round score,” said Head Coach Jason Retzlaff. “I’m very proud of this team and the season we had. It is a great accomplishment to win the Region Championship and finish fourth in the nation. It was a group of talented players, but also young men who were a pleasure to coach.”
Mason Landborg took third place in the individual competition, finishing with a solid 73 on Friday. Hunter Moen was sixth, firing a 77 in the final round. Both golfers received First Team All-American status, marking the first time in school history the Spartans have had multiple First Team All-Americans in the same year. Jordan Kern carded his best round of the week with a 78. Landborg’s third place finish in the highest individual NJCAA Tournament finish the Spartans have had in recent history.
“Congratulations to Mason and Hunter on earning First Team All-American honors,” added Coach Retzlaff. “Mason was a force all week and showed his firepower leading the field in birdies and eagles. It’s rare for a freshman to earn First Team All-American honors, but Hunter’s all-around game and mental toughness really shined this week. Hunter played the final six holes today in 2-under par and finished strong to earn that honor.”
Dan Lapp of Tompkins CC of Dryden, NY, shot the low round of the tournament (68) on his way to the individual medalist with a four day total of 293. Landborg led the field with 14 birdies and 2 eagles. He also led in par 5 scoring, going seven-under par on par five holes throughout the four days.
“We are going to miss our sophomores,” concluded Retzlaff. “Mason’s career at M State speaks for itself as a two-time All-American and one of the most talented players we have had in our program. I look forward to watching his golfing career continue at the next level. Nick Kress had two great seasons, including two trips to the National Tournament and All-American honors a year ago. I would also like to thank Kyle Boe and Will Tickel, both sophomores that weren’t with us on this trip, but gave our program great contributions over the last two years.”
Here are the cumulative 4-day totals for the Spartans. Landborg (75-77-79-73=304), Moen (80-76-74-77=307), Kern (84-88-80-78=330), Kress (83-83-77-89=332) and Blake Bloedorn (83-83-81-87=333).