Warriors Repeat As NACC Men's Golf Champions

Warriors Repeat As NACC Men's Golf Champions

AURORA, Ill. - Wisconsin Lutheran College overcame a slim two-stroke deficit from the opening rounds by firing a NACC Championship-record 298 in the third round to take control and win its second straight Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Men's Golf Championship on Sunday and Monday at Stonebridge Country Club. Senior Jacob Mortell (Eden Prairie, Minn./St. Croix Lutheran) was named the Roger Fleming Player of the Year after carding a two-round 149 to win medalist honors by one stroke.

THE BASICS

  • Tournament: 2015-2016 NACC Men's Golf Championship (Rounds 3 & 4)
  • Location: Stonebridge Country Club, Aurora, Ill.
  • Course Info: Par 72, 6555 Yards
  • WLC Team: 1st of 10 (+80)
  • Top WLC Individual: Jacob Mortell (+10), 1st of 43

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Warriors tied their lowest round of the year with Sunday's 298 (+10) to surge in front of Edgewood by 13 strokes heading into Monday's final round. WLC also posted the lowest score on Monday (313) to win its second straight conference championship by 14 strokes over the runner-up Eagles.
  • Mortell, who shared the lead with Edgewood's Nathan Gilbert heading into the final two rounds, carded a 149 (72-77) to edge out Benedictine's Jordan Velez for medalist honors.
  • Garrett Ralston (Machesney Park, Ill./Harlem) finished the tournament strong, carding a two-round 155 (79-76) for fifth place.
  • Sean Esenberg (Jackson, Wis./Kettle Moraine Lutheran) finished sixth with a two-round 158 (78-80), just one stroke back of Ralston in the final standings.
  • Pete Kaufmann (Davenport, Iowa/Central) narrowly missed out on all-conference honors, placing 11th with a 153 (73-80).
  • Tyler Wood (Eagan, Minn./St. Croix Lutheran) tied for 20th following a two-day 166 (75-91) to complete the scoring for the Warriors.

INSIDE THE SCORECARD

  • Mortell's third-round 72 ties for his second-lowest round of the season. It was the first career win and second straight all-conference honor for the senior.
  • Ralston's final-round 76 is the second-lowest round of his career. His fifth-place individual finish earned him a spot for the first time on the 10-member All-NACC team.
  • Esenberg earned All-NACC recognition for the third time in his career.
  • Kaufmann's third-round 73 is the third-lowest round of his Warriors career.
  • Wood's third-round 75 is also the third-lowest of his career.
  • WLC's third-round 298 (+10) was a NACC Championship record.
  • The Warriors' four-round total of 1232 is the lowest in the NACC in the four years playing the current tournament format.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran becomes the third team to repeat as NACC champions in the league's 10-year history, joining MSOE and Edgewood.
  • Benedictine's Jordan Velez was named NACC Freshman of the Year after finishing runner-up.

WLC RESULTS

  • 1. Jacob Mortell, 298 (+10)
  • 5. Garrett Ralston, 312 (+24)
  • 6. Sean Esenberg, 313 (+25)
  • 11. Pete Kaufmann, 317 (+29)
  • T-20. Tyler Wood, 328 (+40)

UP NEXT

  • The Warriors will make their second straight appearance in the NCAA Division III Championships May 10-13 at Midvale Country Club and Mendon Golf Club in Rochester, N.Y.