BOONVILLE, IA – Graceland University finished in sixth out of 11 teams at the Heart of America Athletic Conference Championship.
There were playoffs, playoffs and yet more playoffs after the final round of the 2017 Heart of America Athletic Conference Men's Golf Championship on Tuesday at Hail Ridge Golf Course. Grand View University captured the team title and the Missouri Valley's Mitch Pfingsten took Medalist honors, winning a playoff with William Penn University's Zachary Chegwidden. GVU clinched a spot in the NAIA National Championship with the win.
Grand View won the team championship by eight strokes, shooting a 29-over-par 881. Mount Mercy and William Penn tied for second with 37-over-par 889 scores. They, too, played a one-hole playoff with top four scores from individual players being tallied. MMU claimed second in the playoff. Culvert-Stockton placed fourth with a 49-over-par 901 and Missouri Valley grabbed fifth with a 53-over-par 905.
Graceland placed sixth. After finishing the first day in seventh after the second round, the Yellowjackets finished with a score of 926.
Bryce McEachern led GU with a three-round score of 16-over-par 229. He finished in a two-way tie for 23rd. Teammate's Ujang Zarems and Mark Fink shot three-round scores of 231, tying for 26th. Andy Rumbaugh came in 34th with a 235 and Logan Currin scored a 254 finishing in 50th.
Following the Heart Championship Head Coach Kevin Brunner stated, "Bryce McEachern played very well at the conference tournament and it will be great to have him back next year. Seniors, Andy Rumbaugh and Ujang Zarems, played good in their final competiton of their careers and will be difficult to replce next year. Both Andy and Ujang have been steady contributors all year, especially in the spring season. Mark Fink was impressive in his play during the last two rounds, and I believe he matured a lot in his performance. Lastly, Logan Currin had a tough outting, but gained some valuable experience. I look for him to be a catalyst to the team next year."
Missouri Valley College's Kaz Sakai received the Heart Men's Golf Player of the Year plaque after the tournament, while Grand View University's Chris Winkle and Missouri Valley's Jordan Dickson were named Co-coaches of the Year.
The all-conference team was made up of 15 players. Missouri Valley had the most on the squad with five. Gracleand did not place anyone on the all-conference team.
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