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South Mountain takes second straight DII Men's Golf crown
 May 24, 2013


SCOTTSBORO, Ala. – Successfully retaining their title, South Mountain Community College (Ariz.) cruised to a 32-stroke victory at the NJCAA Division II Men’s Golf National Championship. Parkland College sophomore David Keenan became the first Cobra to win the individual championship with an exceptional showing at Goose Pond Colony Golf Course.

Carding a 13-under-par 1,139 team score, South Mountain claimed their second consecutive national championship and third in the last four years. The Cougars buried the competition with second place Walters State (Tenn.) shooting a 19-over-par 1,171. John A. Logan College (Ill.) scored a 31-over-par 1,183 for third place, while Kirkwood (Iowa) finished fourth with a 33-over-par 1,185. Black Hawk-Moline (Ill.) shot a 36-over-par 1,188 to take fifth place.

Three golfers led the way for South Mountain as sophomores Jake Argento (right), Ben Seward and freshman Will Twitty each clinched second place ties with a three-under-par 285. Other Cougar scores included an even 288 from sophomore Marley Sweeney and an eight-over-par 296 by freshman Sean Burgess. Sweeney tied for eighth place while Burgess finished in a tie for 28th.

Keenan immediately jumped to the head of the pack with a tournament-low, six-under-par 66 in the opening round. After carding a two-under-par 70 on Wednesday, Kennan capped his performance off with a one-over par 73 on Thursday and a one-under-par 71 on Friday.

Southeast CC (Neb.) sophomore Calvin Freeman joined Argento, Seward and Twitty in a four-way tie for second – scoring his own three-under-par 285. Two Walters State freshmen took sixth and seventh as Andrew Hall totaled a two-under par 286 and Brad Hawkins shot a one-under-par 287. Sweeney’s eighth-best 296 was matched by sophomores Chad Cupples from Northwest Mississippi and Tyler Terry from Tyler JC (Texas).

Adding this year’s trophy to the case, South Mountain now has four national championships (2004, ’10, ’12, ’13) – second most in Division II. Tyler owns the most DII titles with seven.

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