HEBER SPRINGS, Ark. – Southern Nazarene couldn’t ask for a better time to be hitting their stride with the final tournament left before the Great American Conference Championship.
The Crimson Storm finished second at the Natural State Golf Classic, ahead of two fellow Great American Conference schools ranked ahead of SNU in the Central Region and have received more votes in the GCAA Top 25 Poll.
SNU fired a 280 for the second straight day and had two players break 70 that put them in the top five. Michael Hearne and Cristian Valderrama each went under 70 as Hearne shot a 4-under 68 to leave him just one stroke back of Henderson State’s drew Greenwood who fired a 64 on the final day. That left Greenwood at 134 and Hearne at 135. Valderrama was just a stroke back of Hearne with a 69 and closed at 140 to leave himself in a tie for fifth.
Luke Coppedge and Dylan Igo both finished inside the top 20 as Coppedge shot a 72 for a 143 while Igo recorded a 71 for a 145. Coppedge tied for 13th while Igo finished in 19th. Dalton Rhoden was just outside the top 20 in a tie for 22nd with a 147 after he shot a 76 in the final round.
The Storm now get set to play in the Great American Conference Championships, April 19-21, at the Hot Springs Country Club.