HERSHEY, Penn. - The No. 2 ranked Huntingdon men’s golf team posted a final-round score of four-over par 292 to finish third at the NCAA Division III Men’s Golf Championships, hosted by Elizabethtown College, at the par 72, 6,984 yard Hershey Links Golf Course.
The finish was the best by a Huntingdon squad since becoming a member of the NCAA Division III, bettering a four-place finish in 2007.
Leading the Hawks in the final round was junior Chase Blaich (77, 70, 72, 70), who fired a two-under par round of 70 to finish with a four-day total of 289. Blaich was also the top finisher for Huntingdon, finishing tied for fifth in the 190 player field.
Fellow junior J.P. Kircher (78, 76, 71, 72) also finished the tournament well, posting an even par 72 on Friday to finish tied for 20th with a total of 297.
Senior Cody Causey (76, 75, 80, 73) posted a one-over par 73 in his final round to finish the tournament tied for 48th with a total of 304, while sophomore Mack Duke (78, 72, 73, 79) carded a 79 to finish tied for 42nd.
Rounding out the scoring for the Hawks was senior Jay Unis (82, 73, 74, 77), who posted a 77 in the final round and finished tied for 55th.
For their finishes, Kircher (Third-Team) and Blaich (First-Team) were each recognized on the PING All-America Team. Last season Kircher earned Second-Team PING All-America honors.
The Hawks, who finished with a four-day total of 1,181, could not overcome a final-round charge by No. 3 Guilford, who posted a tournament-low round of five-under 283 on Friday to finish second at 1,178. The Quakers finished one stroke behind National Champions and top-ranked Methodist.
In the final group, the Monrachs’ Josh Schrader layed up short of the green with his second shot, but his third shot was mis-hit and landed in the bunker, and his fourth shot found the rough short of the green. Meanwhile, Guilford's Peter Latimer was on the green in two and had an eagle putt for the win, but his shot went six feet past the hole.
Schrader chipped just past the hole and left himself an four-footer for bogey, which would only force a tie if Latimer was able to make the birdie putt. However, Latimer's putt was six inches wide of the cup, and his tap-in for par opened the window for Schrader, who drilled his putt to give the Monarchs the title.
Tain Lee of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps finished off a wire-to-wire victory in the individual standings with a round of 70 Friday, ending the tournament at seven-under-par 280 (69-69-72-70) for a three-stroke win over Mitchell Fedorka of La Verne.