At last. Nebraska Wesleyan University finally has an entire team that can call itself NCAA National Champions.
The Prairie Wolves won their first team title in school history Thursday at the final round of the 2006 NCAA Division III Men’s Golf Championships hosted by NWU and Firethorn Golf Club.
All five Nebraska Wesleyan players finished among the top 20 individually. Senior Jon Deines and junior Aaron Stockton tied for fifth at +14 (298), while seniors Travis Davis and Jeff Holm joined sophomore Tyler Lawson in a tie for 16th place at +19 (303).
Consistency was the difference as no one on the team shot lower than 70 during any of the tournament’s four days, but no one shot higher than 80, even on Thursday when winds added to the challenge of an already difficult course.
NWU shot 303 to stretch its final margin of victory to 10 strokes over the University of Redlands, which finished second as a team for the third year in a row. Meanwhile, Methodist College took third, Oglethorpe University placed fourth and defending champion Guilford College, which won its first NCAA men’s golf title at Firethorn in 2002, faded to fifth place.
Stephen Goodridge from the University of Rochester won the individual title at +5 for the tournament (289), just two strokes ahead of John Jennison from Rhodes College and three strokes ahead of Nick Obie from Redlands. Oglethorpe's Danny Swanick placed fourth at +12 (296).
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