September 6, 2014

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

WEST FRANKFORT - The John A. Logan College men's golf team knocked off defending national champion, Indian Hills, Iowa, at a 36-hole, nine-team fall invitational held Friday at Franklin County Country Club.

It was the Volunteers' first foray into Division I play at the junior college level after winning two national titles in Division II (2009 and 2011) and adding several second- and third-place finishes over the last decade.

"We were satisfied to win this tournament," said JALC head coach Tom Ferris. "Anytime you can beat a program as good as Indian Hills, you have accomplished something. We were fortunate to beat them last year at our place and fortunate to beat them here today. I'm sure they will be gunning for us Sunday and Monday at Kokopelli."

The Vols won the competition by six strokes with a 570 (285, 285). Indian Hills checked in at 576 (291, 285). Host Rend Lake was third at 581 (289, 292). Vincennes was fourth at 588.

Mineral Area (598), Lewis and Clark (612), Lincoln (630), Lincoln Trail (644) and Kaskaskia (657) rounded out the field.

Medalist for the tournament was Rend Lake's Matt Greenfield at 136 (68, 68). Logan freshman Chris Tyminski of Nashville, Tenn. was second at 139 (69, 70). Vols' sophomore Christian Seaton of Mount Carmel was third at 141 (72, 69).

Other JALC scores included: freshman Kody Rendleman of Murphysboro (145); freshman Neal Northcott of Carmi (147); freshman Chase Witsman of Mount Carmel (146); and freshman Austin Grote of Hoyleton (150). Grote competed as an individual.

"Indian Hills was ranked No. 1 in the preseason for Division I and we were ranked No. 10, just on reputation alone in Division II," Ferris said. "Believe me, there isn't that much difference between I and II. Now, we have to come right back and do it all over again Sunday and Monday in Marion."