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10th-ranked Logan men capture golf regional
 May 14, 2013


BY JOHN D. HOMAN,
Logan Media Services

BLOOMINGTON - Freshman Michael Mencaccy stepped up when the heat was on last week and delivered a team-best two-over-par 73 in the final round to help lead the 10th-ranked John A. Logan College golf team to another Region 24 championship.

The Vols won by 15 strokes over their nearest challenger, Parkland, 909 to 924, at Weibring Golf Course in Bloomington.

A California product, Mencaccy placed second overall in the tournament with a three-round score of 225, just two strokes back of medalist, Jake Schneider, of Illinois Central College.

Mencaccy was visibly angry with himself as the final results were being tabulated. He was angry because he didn't finish his round with a makeable birdie putt, but said he was glad he could contribute to the team.

"It felt pretty good. I played well enough, I guess," Mencaccy said. "Coach (Vols head coach Tom Ferris) said it was grind time, so I managed to get a birdie on 18 and then two additional pars over my last three holes. I just tried to breathe and have fun. Now, have to get ready for Nationals."

The regional championship is the 11th under Ferris's guidance and 13th conseuctive trip to the Nationals. This year's event will be held May 22nd through 25th in Scottsboro, Ala. Logan's two national titles (2009 and 2011) were both played at the Goose Pond Colony golf course in Scottsboro.

"We didn't know how close the scores were going to be today," Ferris said. "The final results show that we won by 15, but it was really much closer than that for a long time. I'm proud of the way our kids battled out there today. Things didn't come easy for us today, but we never gave up."

Ferris said the long run of team success adds pressure at times.

"The kids are well aware of how many times we have gone to Nationals," he said. "So when you add in the fact that we're playing on a new course and have that streak on the line, it can be stressful. That's why I'm so proud of them."

Ferris also doled out praise for Mencaccy.

"We have been waiting for Michael to step up his game, because we know what he is capable of doing. He picked the right time today to show what he can do."

Sophomore Tucker Guisewite of Mount Carmel was Logan's second-best tournament player with a three-score total of 227, placing him sixth overall. Sophomore Steve Souchek of Columbia was eighth at 230. Freshman Thomas Simpson of Benton had the team's fourth-best score at 232 and placed 12th overall. Sophomore Andrew Mitchell of Benton turned in an 81 in the final round, which was not counted. His three-round total was 233, placing him 14th overall.

Trailing Logan and Parkland were: Illinois Central (927); Lewis & Clark (928); Kaskaskia (955); Rend Lake (958); Danville (979) and Lincoln (999).

Logan is a two-time national champion, having claimed Division II titles in 2009 and 2011, both in Scottsboro.



























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