SCC golf team finishes national tourney

Clayton Peterson
Clayton Peterson.

Southeast Community College golfer Clayton Peterson shot a 6-under-par 282 and won the tiebreaker in a scorecard playoff to finish fifth at the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II Tournament, earning him First-Team All-America honors.

Peterson, a freshman from Lincoln (Southeast High School), finished six strokes off the individual medalist honors, which went to Connor Klein of South Mountain (Ariz.) Community College (276). Peterson's 33 on the back nine was all he needed to win the tiebreaker.

As a team, SCC finished in a tie for 16th place at the Goose Pond Colony Lake Course in Scottsboro, Ala.

SCC golf coach Bill Campbell said Peterson had an outstanding national tournament.

“He was steady throughout,” Campbell said. “His iron play was exceptional. He was throwing darts today. Laser beams. He burnt the edges of six or seven more birdie putts or his score would have been even lower.

“It was a thing to behold. He’s got a lot of poise for a first-year player. It was a beautiful 70 today.”

Peterson was consistent all season and won the SCC Spring Invitational, the Doane Invitational and the Wild West Shootout.

At nationals Peterson carded two birdies and an eagle during his first-round 70, three birdies and an eagle during his second-round 70 and three birdies during his third-round 72. During his final-round 70 he carded three birdies, all during the back-nine 33, his lowest nine-hole score of the tournament. His 6-under 282 is the lowest individual score a Storm player has shot at nationals in at least eight years.

Leighton Thomas, a freshman from York, was next for the Storm with a four-day total 306. He was followed by sophomore Chad Manes from Beatrice (327), freshman Lane Gascoigne from Callaway (338) and freshman Nick Hargis from Omaha (Millard West) (355).

SCC results:

Clayton Peterson 70-70-72-70-282

Leighton Thomas 75-76-77-78-306

Chad Manes 83-81-83-80-327

Lane Gascoigne 82-82-84-90-338

Nick Hargis 87-93-83-92-355

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