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FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Marygrove men’s golf returned to Coyote Creek Golf Club in Fort Wayne, Ind. for day two of the 2015 Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) Championship on Friday (April 17), this time playing in beautiful conditions as the clouds separated and the sun was out on a nice day in northern Indiana.
Up eight strokes on 11th place Concordia-Ann Arbor (CUAA) heading into the day, the Mustangs were able to put together a good enough day to fend off the Cardinals and finish in 10th place after 54 holes. The 10th place finish was a product of a 352 team score on the final day, the Mustangs highest of the three-round tournament. CUAA shot a 346 over the final 18 holes, falling two strokes shy of the upstart Mustangs golf program that is primed for a breakout year in 2015-16 after adding a couple key recruits to the fold this season.
Sophomore Jimmy Stewart (Punta Gorda, Fla./Charlotte High School) was the low man for the Mustangs in round three, posting an 83 under the bright Indiana sun Friday afternoon. Stewart recorded his best score of the two-day championship event thanks to a par-filled round, three strokes in front of teammates Michael Kanalas and Tyler Newell.
Newell (Livonia, Mich./Dearborn Divine Child High School) checked in with a final round 84, but had two strokes added after an unfortunate score adjustment to finish with an unwarranted 86. The 84 would’ve matched Newell’s first-round effort from Thursday (April 16) and would have been three off of the sophomore’s championship-round best 81 (+9) from round two. Newell did post one birdie Friday, working the par-3 17th nicely in the process.
The Mustangs were led the entire tournament by Kanalas who finished in a tie for 34th overall with a total score of 245. Newell and Stewart finished three strokes behind, deadlocked at 251. For Kanalas, Friday’s final round brought about the sophomore’s highest score (86). Fighting allergies all day, Kanalas worked his way to an 86, tying Newell after the score discrepancy, after chiming in with an 81 and 78, respectively, on Thursday.
Austin Valentine (Westland, Mich./Concordia-Ann Arbor) â a men’s soccer player who joined the golf team recently â helped the Mustangs stave off his former school by posting a 97. The round of 97 was six shots off of Valentine’s best mark (91) of his brief collegiate golf career.
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