Spartans win fifth consecutive Region XIII and MCAC Championships
2015 Spartan Golf Team
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May 5, 2016
For the fifth year in a row, Spartan golf coach Jason Retzlaff has been named Coach of the Year by the Minnesota College Athletic Association and Region XIII.
Retzlaff's award follows his team's 4th place finish in the NJCAA National Championship in June 2015. Spartan golfers also won the MCAC and Region XIII titles in the fall of 2015 and will compete again in the national championship in New York in June.
Retzlaff is in his 12th season as head golf coach at Minnesota State Community and Technical College, where he is also an instructor and co-athletic director.
In receiving the award, Retzlaff commended Jeff Haukos for his work as volunteer assistant coach for the Spartan golf team over the past 11 years.
"What a great job he's done," Retzlaff said. "I'd like to recognize Jeff, too."
The M State Spartans claimed fourth place, only six shots behind champion Vincennes University, in the 2013 National Junior College Athletic Association Division III tournament in Chataugua, N.Y.
The Spartans' Brandon Sletmoen received first-team All-American honors with a three-day score of 224 and a Top 5 finish. Lucas Gervais finished in the Top 7 and was awarded second-team All-American honors.
The Spartans, coached by Jason Retzlaff, finished only two shots out of second place in the tournament and one shot out of third. The M State golfers were returning to the tournament as defending national champions after claiming first place in 2012.
"I'm very proud of our team and the tremendous season we had," Retzlaff said. "Our guys have great team chemistry, and we had incredible support from family and friends who traveled to New York to cheer us on."
The tournament ends the Spartan careers of Gervais and teammate Taylor Shuck, who led the team to a national championship, two regional and conference titles and this year's fourth place national tournament finish.
The M State Spartan golfers became national champions by winning the 2012 National Junior College Athletic Association Division III tournament at Chautaugua Golf Club in Chautaugua, N.Y. The tournament wrapped up Friday, June 8, with the Spartans shooting a four-day total of 1,224, 18 strokes under second-place Jamestown Community College of New York.
M State's Lucas Gervais finished fourth in the tournament with a four-round score of 298, 10 strokes over the first-place winner. His Spartan teammates were Taylor Shuck (10th), Mitch Thorsen (16th), Alex Miller (tied for 34th) and Tyler Brackey (tied for 38th).
Gervais was named First Team All-American, and Shuck won Second Team All-American recognition. M State Coach Jason Retzlaff was named Coach of the Tournament.
"What an incredible week for an outstanding group of young men," said Retzlaff. "They played with such great poise for all four days. We had confidence that, if we played well, the championship was within our reach, and the guys went out and got it. It was a true team effort."
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