The Southeast Community College men’s golf team ran away with the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II Region IX title Friday, capturing its 10th consecutive championship by 34 strokes.
However, for the first time in 10 years SCC did not have the individual champion. That honor went to Justin Carlock of Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colo., site of the two-day tournament. Carlock shot a final-round 66 to defeat SCC’s Liam Chambers by four strokes.
SCC’s victory qualifies the Storm for the NJCAA Division II National Tournament May 20-23 at Swan Lake Resort in Plymouth, Ind.
“It was windy and cold, but our guys battled back after shooting 310 on the first day,” SCC Coach Bill Campbell said. “We kind of settled down the second and third rounds.
“It feels great to be going back to the national tournament. This team persevered all season. Now we have some work to do to get into the hunt in Indiana.”
Chambers, a sophomore from Scotland, paced SCC with a three-round score of 222. Placing third was SCC’s Zach Taylor, a sophomore from Omaha Burke. He shot 226.
Rounding out the scoring for the Storm was Austin Miller, a sophomore from Sidney, who finished fifth with a 234; Chad Manes, a freshman from Beatrice, who was eighth with a 236; and John Thomas, a sophomore from Millard North, who finished ninth with a 238.
Chambers had the low round of the tournament for SCC, firing a one-under-par 71 on the Northeastern 18 golf course in Sterling.
SCC individual scoring:
Liam Chambers 77-74-71-222
Zach Taylor 81-73-72-226
Austin Miller 77-78-79-234
Chad Manes 78-79-79-236
John Thomas 78-75-85-238