A final-round rally pushed the Minnesota State Community and Technical College men’s golf team into a 4th place finish at the NJCAA Division III National Tournament in Chautauqua, N.Y. It’s the fourth consecutive year that the Spartans have finished in the top five at the national championship, held June 2-5 at the Chautauqua Golf Club.
The Spartans moved into 4th place with a 303, their best round of the week by nine shots, passing Monroe Community College by two shots.
“The guys really came to play today with a super performance, and I couldn’t be happier with the way we finished a great season,” Coach Jason Retzlaff said. “We felt we needed to shoot around 300 to have a shot at moving past Monroe in the placement, and that is exactly what happened.”
Individually, Joey Manthis had a four-day total of 303 and earned second team All-American honors with a tie for 8th place, making him the college’s fifth All-American in the last four years.
Spartan golfers Frank Lundquist and Mitch Scrimgeour both shot 311 and tied for 20th place, falling one shot short of claiming All-American Honorable Mention honors. Teammates Colton Sicheneder and Zach Buntrock shot their career best rounds on the last day of the tournament.
Cincinnati State won first place in the tournament, defeating defending national champion Sandhills Community College by two strokes.
The Spartan golf team won the national championship in 2012 and claimed fourth place in 2013 and 5th place in 2014.