SHC men's golf win GCAC crown

Thu, 04/15/2010 (All day)

April 15, 2010

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – The Spring Hill College men’s golf team won the 2010 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC) Championship with a total 2-day team score of 603 (+27) at Timberton Golf Course in Hattiesburg, Miss.

The Badgers were tied with the University of Mobile in first place at 17-over par (305) after Tuesday’s 1st round, but shaved seven strokes off their games on Wednesday to take the tournament’s crown with a 298 (+10) 2nd round score and a final combined score of 603.

Spring Hill outpaced 2nd place Mobile (+35) by eight shots (305, 306, 611).

Individually, Mobile’s Jacob Morgan was the top finisher with a score of 147 (76, 71, +3) and the Badgers’ Joseph Webster, a freshman from Trussville, Ala., tied for 2nd place at a score of 148 (78, 70, +4) with Mobile’s Tyson Lee (74, 74).

Webster and junior Chuck Balsamico (t4th, 74, 76, 150, +6) of Covington, La., were both named to the 2010 GCAC All-Tournament Team for SHC at the tournament’s closing ceremony.

Junior Javier Portal of Miami, Fla., (73, 81, 154, +10) closed in 9th place while junior Eddie Smith of Houston, Texas, carded a 10th place finish with a +11 score of 155 (80, 75).  The final member of the SHC squad, senior Sean Bockerstett from St. Louis, Mo., tallied 157 strokes (80, 77) and finished in 16th position.

Senior Will Loweth of Houston (6th, 75, 77, 152, +8), junior Ricky Escobar (7th, 77, 76, 153, +9) from Miami, freshman Nathan Ceille (10th, 71, 84, 155, +11) of Hales Corners, Wis., and freshman Chris Cartmill (22nd, 82, 78, 160, +16) of Chesterfield, Mo., each competed as individuals in the 27-man field.

The Badgers will move on to play at the NAIA Unaffiliated Play-In Round in Columbus, Ga., on April 19-20 with a trip to the NAIA National Championships on the line.

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