Warriors Return To NCAA Championship Tuesday In New York

Warriors Return To NCAA Championship Tuesday In New York

MILWAUKEE – Following back-to-back Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference championships, the Wisconsin Lutheran College men's golf team makes its second straight appearance at the NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championship. The championship, which will be held May 10-13 at Midvale Country Club and Mendon Golf Club in Rochester, N.Y., will be hosted by St. John Fisher and the Monroe County Sports Commission.

The 41-team, 210-player tournament will be played over two courses (Midvale Country Club and Mendon Golf Club). After 36 holes, the field will be trimmed to the top-15 teams, plus the top-five individuals not playing on one of the top-15 teams. The remaining 36 holes will be contested at Midvale Country Club May 12-13.

HOW IT HAPPENED: The Warriors received the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship after winning their second straight conference championship. Wisconsin Lutheran is the third team to repeat at NACC champions in the 10-year history of the league. WLC overcame a two-stroke deficit after two rounds by firing third and fourth round tournament lows of 298 and 313 to win the title by 14 shots over runner-up Edgewood. WLC's third-round 298 (+10) was a NACC Championship record and its four-round total of 1232 is the lowest in the NACC in the four years playing the current tournament format.

INSIDE THE SCORECARD: The Warriors have posted the second-lowest scoring average in the NACC this season at 313.7. WLC tied a season-low relative to par by shooting a 298 in round three of its last event at the NACC Championship. Two players in the Warriors' lineup are in the top 10 on the league leaderboard. Recently crowned NACC Player of the Year Jacob Mortell (Eden Prairie, Minn./St. Croix Lutheran) is second with a 75.8 average. Sean Esenberg (Jackson, Wis./Kettle Moraine Lutheran), an All-NACC performer, is fourth in the NACC with a 76.9 average. Mortell fired the Warriors' lowest round of the season, a one-under par 70, September 5 at the Culver's-Edgewood Fall Classic.

NACC AT THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP: Wisconsin Lutheran is the fourth school in NACC history to represent the league at the NCAA Championship and the third to repeat as conference champions. Due to its provisional status, the conference was not granted an automatic qualifier in 2007 and 2008. Aurora, Edgewood, MSOE, and WLC have claimed the conference's automatic bids over the past seven seasons. 

2009 – MSOE (620)
2010 – Aurora (636)
2011 – MSOE (612)
2012 – Edgewood (642)
2013 – MSOE (637)
2014 – Edgewood (635)
2015 – Wisconsin Lutheran (645)
2016 – Wisconsin Lutheran (?)

2015 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP: Methodist claimed its eleventh national title in school history at the 2015 NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championship, finishing three shots ahead of runner-up LaGrange. Kelby Scharmann of La Verne took home individual medalist honors after finishing nine under par for the four-day event. The Warriors finished with a two-round 645 for 35th place among 41 teams. The 2015 championship was played at Grandover Resort in Greensboro, N.C., and was hosted by Guilford and Greensboro Sports Commission.

WHAT: 2016 NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championship
WHEN: May 10-13, 2016
WHERE: Rochester, N.Y.
COURSES: Midvale Country Club / Mendon Golf Club
PAR/YARDS: Par-72 / Yards: 6,632 (Midvale C.C.); Par-71 / Yards: 6,645 (Mendon G.C.)
TEE TIMES: Round 1: Tuesday, 8:00 a.m. EST | Round 2: Wednesday, 8:00 a.m. EST
Round 3: Thursday, 8:20 a.m. EST | Round 4: Friday, 8:20 a.m. EST
FORMAT: Rounds start from the 1st and 10th tees | 5-count-4
FIELD: 41 Teams, 210 Players
LIVE SCORING: Golfstat
SEASON STATS: Wisconsin Lutheran
PUBLICATIONS: NCAA Division III Men's Golf Digital Program

WARRIORS LINEUP

Pos. Name Tourn. Rds. Avg. Low 18 Best Finish (Event)
1. Sean Esenberg 8 18 76.9 71 3rd (Culver's-Edgewood Fall Classic)
2. Pete Kaufmann 8 18 79.7 73 11th (NACC Championship)
3. Jacob Mortell  8  18 75.8  70  1st (NACC Championship)
4. Tyler Wood  8  18 80.0  73  7th (Tim Kopka Memorial Tournament)
5. Garrett Ralston  8  18 79.6  76  5th (NACC Championship)