SIOUX CENTER, Iowa – The Dakota Wesleyan University men’s golf team finished seventh at the fourth and final Great Plains Athletic Conference Qualifier of the season Thursday afternoon in Sioux Center, Iowa, and ended the year fourth in the overall conference standings.
The Tigers shot a 311 Thursday and finished two shots behind host-school Dordt, which took sixth with a 309. Northwestern College won the event with a 290 and finished nine strokes ahead of Nebraska Wesleyan University, which took second with a 299. Doane shot a 303 and took third.
The Red Raiders won the conference title by 40 strokes. They finished with a four-round total of 1,155 to beat out second-place Morningside, which finished with a four-round score of 1,195. Northwestern earned the GPAC’s automatic berth to the NAIA Men’s Golf National Championships. DWU finished fourth with a 1,234 – a single stroke ahead of Midland, which took fifth with a 1,235. NWU took third with a 1,199.
Individually Thursday, Tommy Anderson tied for 10th to lead the Tigers. He shot a 37 on the front nine and a 38 on the back to finish with a 75. Travis Johnson tied for 23rd with a 77 after shooting a 36 on the front and a 41 on the back, and Josh Korn tied for 28th with a 78 after shooting a 38 on the front nine and a 40 on the back. Austin Hieb shot an 81 (39-42) and tied for 35th and Tyler Burr tied for 40th after shooting an 82 (41-41). Doane’s Cale Benson and Concordia’s Shawn Rodehorst tied for first individually with 70s.
Four of the top four spots went to Northwestern in the conference individual race. Neil Malenke earned GPAC Men’s Golfer-of-the-Year honors, finishing two-under after four qualifiers with a 283. Teammate Jay Monahan took second with a 287 and Morningside’s Brandon Thompson finished third with a 290.
Travis Johnson tied for 14th to pace the Tigers in the league’s individual race. He finished with a four-round total of 310. Austin Hieb tied for 16th with a 311, Josh Korn tied for 19th with a 312 and Tyler Burr finished 25th with a four-round score of 317.