Men’s Golf National Championship
The South Mountain Community College Men’s Golf Team has done it…BACK-TO-BACK National Champions!!! I am happy to inform you that our Men’s Golf Team here at South Mountain Community College brought back the 2013 National Championship Trophy with a very convincing 32-stroke victory! That makes 4 National Championships in total for the Cougars and 3 of the last 4 National Championships (2010, 2012, and 2013)
In the opening round of the tournament your defending national champions got off to a great start by posting an opening round of 4-under par 284 which was good enough for a 1-stroke lead. During round 2 the team started to pull away from the rest of the field. After rushing to stay ahead of Mother Nature all day, the tournament was postponed for 45-minutes with only one South Mountain Golfer left on the course and in the fairway of the 18th hole. With the Cougars having the last team tee time of the day, many of the schools from the morning wave came back to the course to check scores and see if they had made up any ground on the Cougars. However, they would soon find out that the team in front was making a move of their own. The lone man on the course for the Cougars just happened to be the #1 ranked player in the country, Jake Argento. After thewhether delay, Jake hit his approach shot to about 25 feet. However, after getting a read from a fellow competitor who just hit a putt on a similar line and missed, Argento stepped up and dropped the 25 footer for birdie which sent a loud roar from the South Mountain gallery standing behind the 18th green. That putt helped the Cougars finish the day at 7-under par-281 which was good enough for a 12-stroke lead over Walters State Community College half-way thru the championship.
Round 3 would continue to show why the Cougars were the #1 ranked team in the country coming into the event and the impact of Argento’s final putt the day before. The Cougars kept their foot on the pedal and fired another round of 7-under par 281 leaving them at 17-under par total for the event and 23-strokes ahead of the next closest team at 6-over par. The days total would be the only under par team round of the day and 11-strokes better than anybody else.
The final round was all about the Cougars once again as they finished the day with the low team round of the day and a 13-under par 1139 total which was good enough to give the South Mountain Community College Cougars a 32-stroke victory and the 2013 NJCAA Division II National Championship. That performance not only gave the Cougars the title but showed how dominating the Cougars have been over the last two years as they have won back-to-back national championships by a total of 63-strokes!
In individual play, South Mountain Community College had three players finish in a tie for 2nd place at 3-under par 285. Sophomore Jake Argento shot rounds of 70, 70, 72, 73. Sophomore Ben Seward shot rounds of 72, 71, 69, 73. Freshman Will Twitty shot rounds of 71, 69, 73, 72. Sophomore Marley Sweeney finished in a tie for 8th place at even par with rounds of 71, 71, 68, 78. Freshman Sean Burgess finished in a tie for 28th place at 8-over par with rounds of 75, 74, 72, 75.
The South Mountain Community College Team finished with four All-American Honors as Argento, Seward, Twitty, and Sweeney all finished as 1st Team All-Americans. In addition, Will Twitty was named the Phil Mickelson Award Winner (Freshman of the Year) and Jake Argento was named the Jack Nicklaus Award Winner (Player of the Year) by the Golf Coaches Association of America for their great play all-season
Other awards received from the GCAA by South Mountain Community College Golfers were:
West All-Region Team: Jake Argento, Ben Seward, Will Twitty, Sean Burgess, and Marley Sweeney
First Team PING All-Americans: Jake Argento, Ben Seward, and Will Twitty
Second Team PING All-Americans: Sean Burgess and Marley Sweeney
All-Freshman Team: Will Twitty and Sean Burgess