MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.-- For the fourth straight year North Central University Men's Golf has won the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference Championship. NCU lead by 10 strokes through the first day of the three day tournament, but saw their lead dwindle to just 2 after day two. Eventually the Rams found themselves trailing at the turn on the final day but came back on the last nine holes to shoot the the best round of the tournament and earn the six stoke victory over second place Bethany Lutheran College.
North Central was down two strokes with just nine holes to play but fired a 314 final team score on the third day at Deacons Lodge Golf Course (Breezy Point, Minn.) to take home the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) trophy for the fourth straight season. The 314 final round score was the best 18-hole performance by any team over the three-day, 54 hole championship event.
Individually North Central had all four scoring players earn top 10 spots on the leaderboard including junior Taylor Murphy (Princeton, Minn./Princeton) and freshman Brady Ohman (Grand Forks, N.D./Red River) who took home second and third place respectively. Freshman Colin Blonski (Sartell, Minn./Sartell) and senior Daniel Johnson (Grand Forks, N.D.) finished eighth and ninth respectively. Senior Nathan Roeder (Hudson, Wis./Hudson) was the Rams fifth player, earning a tie for 16th overall.
With the pressure on, all five Rams fired their best rounds of the tournament on Saturday. Murphy, Ohman and Johnson each carded a 78 while Blonski and Roeder recorded 80 and 82 respectively. For Johnson his final round was a 10 stroke improvement while Blonski cut six strokes off his best. Fifth player scores are not counted in team results but Roeder was tied for the best fifth man score in the event.
North Central had several players earn All-Conference awards by virtue of their individual finish in the UMAC Championship. Taylor Murphy will be on that list for the third straight year when it is officially announced later this week by the UMAC.
For NCU their fourth UMAC Title will give them their third straight berth in the NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament to be played in May.