The M State men’s golf team ran away with the Region XIII and MCAC championship, shooting a 305 on Day 2 (620 total) and defeating runner up Southwest Tech (659) by 39 strokes at The Quarry (par 72) in Biwabik.
Chris Swenson earned medalist honors for both the Region XIII title and MCAC, adding a 79 to his 72 (Day 1) for a two-day total of 151. Swenson joins Lucas Gervais and Brandon Sletmoen as Spartans who have won individual region titles in recent years for Spartan golf. Swenson is the first to win the title as a freshman.
Frank Lundquist shot the low round of Day 2 with a 74. Ryan Ames finished individually tied for second (154), and Joey Manthis finished fourth (155).
The title is the fifth consecutive Region XIII championship and MCAC championship for M State. Jason Retzlaff was named the Region XIII coach of the year.
Region XIII Team Results:
1. M State 620 (315 Day 1+305 Day 2)
2. Southwest Tech 659 (321+338)
3. Central Lakes College 669 (337+332)
4. Bismarck State College 673 (333+340)
5. Lake Region State College 674 (343+331)
6. Rochester CTC 675 (323+352)
7. Hibbing CTC 693 (354+339)
8. Mesabi Range 703 (340+363)
M State Individual Results:
Chris Swenson 151 (72+79) (Individual Champion)
Ryan Ames 154 (78+76) (T-2)
Joey Manthis 155 (79+76) (4th)
Frank Lundquist 164 (90+74) (T-7th)
Levi Soydara 166 (86+80) (T-12)
“We really played a special team round of golf today and played like champions. While most scores were higher with the tougher conditions, we dropped 10 from yesterday and played our best team round of the fall at the most crucial time,” said Spartan coach Jason Retzlaff.
“Congrats to Chris Swenson on winning the individual Region XIII and MCAC championship. He played beautifully for two days. He wowed a lot of people with two days of great golf.
“Frank Lundquist was stellar today. It takes a lot of character to come back after struggling so much on Day 1 and shoot the low round of the day on Tuesday. Ryan and Joey gave us excellent rounds, as they have all year, and Levi really hit the ball well today. It was fun to have all five guys playing so well today.”
“It was a wonderful fall season for all nine of our golfers. They are extremely talented players, but I’m even more proud of the quality young men they are. We know what a great experience competing in the national tournament has been in the past. I am thrilled that this group will get to compete for a national championship next June.”
M State will compete in the NJCAA Division III National Championship in Chautauqua, N.Y., on June 7-10. It will be the fifth consecutive appearance for M State as a team. The Spartans have finished in the top five the last four years, winning the title in 2012.