Arkansas Tech hangs on to claim GAC men's golf championship

    5:30 PM, Apr 16, 2013   |    comments
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    HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (GAC) - Arkansas Tech withstood a final-round surge by Southwestern Oklahoma State to win the 2013 Great American Conference Men's Golf Championship on Tuesday from Hot Springs Country Club.

    The Wonder Boys entered the final round with a six-stroke advantage over the Bulldogs. They posted a team score of 302, but freshman Brian Belz carded his second sub-par round of the tournament, a 1-under 71 to clinch the title. He won the individual medalist honor by three strokes. Graham Rucker shot a 78 to finish in a tie for fourth place. Both earned All-Tournament honors.

    The Bulldogs shot four rounds of 75 or better to close to within a single shot of the victorious Wonder Boys. Tommy Stirling made the All-Tournament Team by finishing in sixth place. Wouter MyBurgh and Vincent Stong also carded top-10 finishes. East Central held on to third place after shooting a team score of 301 to finish 11 shots behind Arkansas Tech. One day after firing a 4-under 68, Dakota Robbins shot a 73 to finish the tournament at even par, 216. He claimed runner-up honors.

    Henderson State and Southeastern Oklahoma State each moved up one place on the leaderboard on the final day. The Reddies finished in fourth place after shooting their lowest round of the tournament, an 8-over 296, Matt Jennings maintained his stellar play by shooting a 1-over 73 to claim third place. The Savage Storm used 3-under 69's by Marcus Seville and Robert Perry to shoot an even par 288 team score.

    Led by Alex Williamson's tied-for-fourth-place showing, Harding finished in sixth place. Arkansas-Monticello took seventh, Southern Arkansas ended in eighth and Ouachita Baptist rounded out the team standings.

    Individuals from Southern Nazarene and Northwestern Oklahoma State competed, but the two teams did not record official finishes. Blake Jackson led the Crimson Storm by tying for seventh place. Kyle Ward carded the low three-day score for the Rangers.

    Teams and individuals from the GAC will learn if they will make the NCAA Division II Regional Championships on Friday, April 26. The Central/Midwest Regional will be held at The Club at Strawberry Creek in Kenosha, Wis. from Monday, May 6 through Wednesday, May 8.

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