Men's golf team wins 11th straight Region IX title

Men's Golf Team
The 2014-15 SCC men's golf team, from left: Chad Manes, Clayton Peterson, Ronan Higgins, Leighton Thomas, and Lane Gascoigne.

The Southeast Community College men's golf team won its 11th consecutive National Junior College Athletic Association Division II Region IX tournament title Wednesday, qualifying the Storm for the national tournament for an 11th straight season.

Leighton Thomas, Clayton Peterson and Ronan Higgins finished 1-2-3 at the 54-hole two-day Region IX Tournament played at York Country Club.

Thomas, a freshman from York, shot a first-round 79 before blistering the YCC course for a 4-under-par 66 Tuesday afternoon. He finished the event with a 75 on Wednesday for a 220 total, just one stroke better than teammate Clayton Peterson. Peterson, a freshman from Lincoln (Southeast High School) who won three tournaments earlier in the season, shot steady rounds of 75-71-75 for a 221 total. Higgins, a freshman from Galway, Ireland, carded a 231 with rounds of 75-77-79.

SCC will advance to the NJCAA Division II National Tournament May 19-22 at Goose Pond Colony Golf Club in Scottsboro, Ala.

Sophomore Chad Manes of Beatrice finished ninth in the Region IX Tournament with a 254. He was followed by SCC teammate Lane Gascoigne, a freshman from Callaway, who finished 11th with a 260.

The Storm, which shot a three-round total of 918, won the team title by a whopping 45 strokes. Northeastern (Colorado) Junior College was second with a 963, followed by Central Community College (1,057). Miles (Montana) Community College only entered two players and did not have a team score.

Last season SCC finished eighth at nationals. Manes was a part of that team and finished in 51st place at nationals as a freshman.

SCC results:

Leighton Thomas 79-66-75-220

Clayton Peterson 75-71-75-221

Ronan Higgins 75-77-79-231

Chad Manes 87-89-78-254

Lane Gascoigne 82-86-92-260

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Stu Osterthun
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402-323-3401
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