Schreiner Men's Golf: National Champions!
May 16, 2014
Photo: National Champions (l-r): junior Zach Oliver, junior Jimmy Keener, junior Cheyne Kendall, freshman Matt McClung, sophomore Phil Stewart.
GREENSBORO, NC -- Schreiner Men's Golf went wire-to-wire and won the 2014 NCAA Divison
III National Championship on Friday at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro, NC. The
Mountaineers won the title by five shots over #3 ranked Oglethorpe University. The
Stormy Petrels won two of the last four national titles and staged a great battle
with SU over the final nine holes. By then, the chase for the championship was down
to the two teams over the closing holes.
Led by the junior duo of Cheyne Kendall and Jimmy Keener, the Mountaineers held off the challenge to win the title in just the school's second appearance in the finals. SU played in the 2013 National Tournament and finished 15th out of 41 teams. Four members of that team were back for the second go-round and used last year's experience well. Kendall, who was second last year after 36 holes only to struggle on the final two days, carried the ball all the way to the end this time around. His four-round total of 288 (70-70-74-74) trailed only Bobby Holden from the Redlands for the individual title. Keener, also a junior, shot rounds of 70-73-72-75 (290, +2) and finished third overall. Junior Zach Oliver finished 40th after rounds of 74-75-80-76. Freshman Matt McClung was 46th after going 71-76-80-80. He was only Mountaineer not at last year's championship. Sophomore Phil Stewart was 62nd after posting 74-75-76-85.
The title caps a memorable spring season for the team. SU won four of its six tournaments, including three of the last four. In the other two tournaments, the Mountaineers finished runner-up. For the spring season, Schreiner posted a record of 36-2 against teams ranked in the national Top 25.
Schreiner, ranked #16 nationally at the start of the week, shot a total of 1,185 to Oglethorpe's 1,190. #1-ranked Redlands finished in third place at 1,192, followed by 7th-ranked Methodist in fourth place (1,197. #5 Wittenberg was fifth at 1,203, followed by #6 St. John Fisher and #8 LaVerne at 1,204 which tied for sixth. 10th-ranked LaGrange, 11th-ranked Transylvania and #15 Berry tied at 1,207 for eighth. Fellow SCAC member Southwestern finished 11th while defending national champion UT-Tyler was 13th.
Coach Macosko on the result: "We're so happy for the guys. The men's program has been special all year. Cheyne and Jimmy really were our horses this week, but we have great depth that has helped us time and again. Great friends, great competition and the players trusted us enough to try doing things a different way. This achievement belongs to everyone associated with Schreiner Golf because we're all one big family. Although those five guys delivered the title, everyone had a piece of this championship. As great as this is, we also got word this week that the men's team won the Team Scholar award and that makes us just as proud. It's been an amazing run over the years to watch the program grow and get better and the future looks even better. It's going to feel great bringing the NCAA trophy to Kerrville."
It is Schreiner's first national title since the school moved to a four-year institution in 1980.
Also, here is a link to a story that ran on MySanAntonio.com regarding the team and the championship http://blog.mysanantonio.com/golf-365/2014/05/a-national-champion-in-kerrville/.