Fri, Oct. 8, 2010 - [Men's Golf]
The Rochester College men's golf team travelled to State College, PA to participate in the USCAA National Golf Tournament ranked #2 in the country and came home with the championship after winning the tournament by 24 strokes. The two round tournament hosted at Penn State University's Blue Course featured 12 teams from all across the country competing for the first ever United State Collegiate Athletic Association's National Championship. This is the Warriors first ever national golf championship and it comes in only the program's third year.The Warriors completed the first day's round only 8 strokes ahead of second place Penn State University-Wilkes-Barre after shooting a 19-over-par 307. Rochester College then followed up their first day with a stellar team score of 301 the second day to run away with the title. Not only did Rochester come home with the team championship trophy, but the Warriors also had two All-Americans, Alex Humphreys and Cory Heier.
Humphreys, a sophomore from Shelby Township, MI, led the team both days with a two-over-par 74 followed with a one-over par 73. His two day 147 total put him in a tie for first place with Kevin Reiber from PSU-Mont Alto and forced a playoff. Hole number 18 was chosen as the hole to start the playoff. The 500-yard par 5 was playing into a stiff 20 mph wind. Humphreys bogeyed the hole while the Reiber pared. Finishing right behind Humphreys was senior Cory Heier. Heier, a Kalkaska, MI native, shot a 6-over par 78 the first round followed by a near flawless second round of 74 giving him a two day total of 152 and a third place finish.
The other Warriors were hot on the heals of their teammates. Junior Brad Hunt (Macomb, MI) and sophomore Gary Turner (Auburn Hills, MI) both came in with a two day total of 156 and a tie for 6th place. Hunt started the tournament with a 7-over-par 79 and improved by two strokes the second day to shoot a 77. Turner used 3 birdies on the first day to shoot a 76 and then followed it up with an 80. They were followed by junior Bobby DeVoursney (Muskegon, MI) and Torey Throop (Vestaburg, MI) who shot 158 and 162 respectively.
"It was a total team effort," Coach Clayton Bissett said. "We took six guys to the tournament and used each player's score on at least one day. That doesn't happen too often. I don't think we really knew what to expect coming out here. We knew that we had shot some good scores in the past and that we were capable of doing it again, but I am not sure we expected to win. I am extremely proud of every guy on the team."
The Warriors set two school records in the process. The two day team total of 608 was a school record as was Alex Humphreys' individual two day total of 147.
The men's team will resume play this coming spring and will begin tournament play sometime in April.