March 25, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO. – The John A. Logan College men’s golf team placed fifth out of 14 schools at the two-day golf invitational at Dalhousie Golf Course in Cape Girardeau as hosted by Lindenwood-Belleville University.

The Volunteers turned in a two-day score of 601, including a tourney-best 297 in less-than-ideal playing conditions Tuesday.

“The conditions weren’t good at all,” said Logan head coach Tom Ferris. “It was cold and rainy and there was some  wind. I was extremely pleased with our play when taking the weather into account.”

The University of Mobile (Alabama) won the tourney in a playoff with William Woods. Both finished regulation play at 579. Ashford College was third at 597 and Lindenwood-Belleville was fourth at 600.

“We were only four strokes out of third,” Ferris said. “I would say that is remarkable improvement from our first meet down in Alabama. And when you consider how tough a course Dalhousie is, I’m even more impressed.”

Those schools finishing behind Logan were: Missouri Baptist (603), Indiana Wesleyan (608), Culver Stockton (611), Lindsey Wilson (614), Missouri Valley (617), Evangel (626), Quincy (631), Benedictine-Springfield (647), and Fontbonne (659).

The top individual performance for Logan went to sophomore Christian Seaton, who finished at 143 (72, 71) to tie for fourth place overall, eight strokes behind medalist, Zach Day of Mobile (135).

Freshman Kody Rendleman tied for 12th at 148 (75, 73). Freshman Austin Grote tied for 28th at 152 (77, 75). Freshman Daniel Corcho tied for 50th at 158 (80, 78) and freshman Neal Northcott tied for 59th at 161 (80, 81). There were 80 golfers in all competing.

“These were all four-year schools that we were competing against,” Ferris said. “We were the only junior college team in the field. We are honored to have the opportunity to play with these schools.”

Ferris said he has always felt that competition with four-year schools only makes his Vols’ teams better.

“And it’s a great recruiting tool for us as a number of four-year schools can see what players we have and might keep our kids in mind when recruiting.”