Logan Gray fired a 1-under-par 71 to spark Central Oklahoma to a nine-shot victory in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Menâ€™s Golf Championships here Wednesday.
Itâ€™s the first-ever MIAA title for the Bronchos, who closed with a 297 on the 6,977-yard, par-72 Tiffany Greens Golf Club to finish the three-day, 54-hole tourney with an 882 total. Lindenwood was second in the 11-team event at 891, with defending champion Central Missouri third at 892.
â€œWe played really well the last two days and it feels good to win our first MIAA championship,â€ head coach Pat Bates said. â€œWe hit a few bumps out there today, but the guys managed to hang on.â€
It was the eighth top-four finish in 11 tournaments this year for the Bronchos, including their second win.
Grayâ€™s 71 was the second-best score of the final round. Russ Purser added a 74, while Eli Armstrong shot 75, Cody Troutman 77 and Eric Kline 77.
Gray got off to a hot start with birdies on his first two holes en route to shooting a one-under 35 on the front nine. The senior offset two back-nine bogeys with a pair of birdies to come in with an even-par 36 to finish off the 71.
Grayâ€™s final-round charge lifted him to a tie for second in the individual standings with a one-over-par 217 total, while Troutman tied for seventh at 220.
UCO earned the conferenceâ€™s automatic bid to the NCAA Division II Menâ€™s Golf Championships and will go to Allendale, Mich. May 2-4 for the Central/Midwest Super Regional.
Northeastern State finished eighth at 54-over-par 918 (315-297-306). True freshman Garrett McDaniel landed in solo 15th at 9-over 225 (75-74-76) in his first conference tournament. Junior Tate Williamson tied for 17th at 11-over 227 (80-72-75), while fellow junior Marc Johnson was solo 30th at 16-over 232 (78-77-77). Senior Brent Williamson tied for 38th at 20-over 236 (82-76-78) and true freshman Hunter Pennington was solo 43rd at 23-over 239 (86-75-76).
Both Williamson brothers were named to the 2016 All-MIAA Team after the event.
NSU will now await to see if the team or any individuals will qualify for the 2016 NCAA Central/Midwest Regional Championship, which will be contested May 2-4 at The Meadows Golf Club in Allendale, Michigan.
2016 MIAA CHAMPIONSHIP â€“ Final Results
April 18-20, 2016 at Kansas City, Mo.
(par-72, 6,977-yard Tiffany Greens Golf Club)
1. #21 Central Oklahoma 305-280-297=882 (+18)
2. Lindenwood 306-289-296=891 (+27)
3. #9 Central Missouri 307-288-297=892 (+28)
4. Missouri Southern State 317-298-296=911 (+47)
T5. Nebraska-Kearney 309-298-308=915 (+51)
Washburn 302-300-313=915 (+51)
7. Missouri Western State 318-295-304=917 (+53)
8. Northeastern State 315-297-306=918 (+54)
9. Lincoln 320-306-305=931 (+67)
10. Southwest Baptist 320-300-313=933 (+69)
11. Fort Hays State 335-304-320=959 (+95)
Rankings reflect the latest Golf Coaches Association of America Division II Top 25 Poll
1. Blake Lammers (Lincoln) 70-72-68=210 (-6)
T2. Lane Pauls (Fort Hays State) 75-71-71=217 (+1)
Logan Gray (Central Oklahoma) 74-72-71=217 (+1)
T4. Ryan Dyck (Lindenwood) 74-69-76=219 (+3)
Cameron Hamilton (Missouri Southern State) 74-73-72=219 (+3)
Teddy Jones (Central Missouri) 76-69-74=219 (+3)
15. Garrett McDaniel 75-74-76=225 (+9)
T17. Tate Williamson 80-72-75=227 (+11)
30. Marc Johnson 78-77-77=232 (+16)
T38. Brent Williamson 82-76-78=236 (+20)
43. Hunter Pennington 86-75-76=239 (+23)
2016 All-MIAA Men’s Golf Team
Teddy Jones, Central Missouri *Player of the Year*
Alex Springer, Central Missouri
Blake Lammers, Lincoln
Russ Purser, Central Oklahoma
Travis Mays, Central Missouri
Cody Troutman, Central Oklahoma
Eric Kline, Central Oklahoma
Ryan Dyck, Lindenwood
Tate Williamson, Northeastern State
Ryan Hand, Missouri Western
Brent Williamson, Northeastern State
Corey Knight, Missouri Western
Yente Van Doren, Lindenwood *Freshman of the Year*
Logan Gray, Central Oklahoma
Taylor Lansford, Missouri Southern
2015-16 Men’s Golf Standings (Final)
Team Standings (Final) **
1. Central Oklahoma (52)
2. Central Missouri (49)
3. Lindenwood (43)
4. Missouri Southern (39)
5. Washburn (36)
6. Northeastern State (29)
7. Nebraska-Kearney (27)
8. Missouri Western (24)
T9. Southwest Baptist (12)
T9. Lincoln (12)
11. Fort Hays State (7)