April 29, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

ALEXANDER CITY, ALA. – For the first time in more than a decade under head coach Tom Ferris, the John A. Logan College men’s golf team has failed to qualify anyone for the national tournament.

The Volunteers placed sixth Tuesday at the District 4 Championship held at Willow Point Golf Course in Alexander City, Ala. or one place shy of national team qualification. Logan’s two-day, 54-hole score of 959 was six strokes short of fifth-place finisher Cape Fear, N.C.  Eastern Florida State won the meet with a score of 886. Central Alabama was second (907). Faulkner State was third (925) and Wallace State was fourth (930).

The Vols were in fifth place when the day began, but shot one of their worst rounds of the spring at 334 to fall back a notch. By comparison, the Vols turned in rounds of 306 and 319 on Sunday.

“It was a very tough golf course and played very long (7,400 yards), but we just didn’t play well. No excuses,” Ferris said. “We had our opportunities to qualify, but just didn’t get the job done.”

It didn’t help that three of the top 10 teams in the nation (No. 2 Eastern Florida State), No. 5 Wallace State, and No. 8 Central Alabama) were all participating in the same district with Logan. This year marked the first year that JALC has competed at the Division I level in men’s golf.

Logan’s top individual performer at the district competition was freshman Austin Grote of Hoyleton. The Christ Our Rock Lutheran High School grad shot rounds of 76 and 74 Monday and then a final round of 85 on Tuesday for a three-round score of 235. He tied for 16th place out of 39 total golfers.

Freshman Neal Northcott of Carmi had a combined score of 242 to finish 28th. Freshman Kody Rendleman of Murphysboro checked in at 243 and tied for 29th. Freshman Daniel Corcho of Carbondale placed 31st with a score of 244 and sophomore Christian Seaton of Mount Carmel was 35th with a score of 252. Seaton closed out his career at Logan, battling a recent back injury. He played with a brace.

 

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