After spending three days in 17th place at the 24-team NJCAA golf championships, Utah Valley State College was able to move up a notch on the final day of play Friday.
The Wolverines carded their best score of the tournament, posting a 320 to move past Northeast Nebraska and finish in 16th place. The Wolverines finished with a 72-hole total of 1304."I was happy to see us come out and shoot our best score," said UVSC coach Terry Shellenberger. "After our slow start we set ourselves a goal to get back into the top 15. But we just couldn't catch Lincoln College."
UVSC went into the day trailing Northeast by four strokes and Lincoln by three. Northeast slipped to 1310, but Lincoln posted a final round 306 to check in at 1287.
Host school Scottsdale Community College claimed the national title with a score of 1154. Midland Texas was second at 1168, followed by Wallace College at 1169.
Individual medalist honors went to Wallace's Hunter Harris, who shot a two-under 286. Jay Hobby of Central Alabama was second at 288, followed by Scottsdale's Erik Toftner at 289.
For UVSC, the leader was Randy Rhees with a 314. Blaine Talley and Bryan Bassett were tied at 329. Bassett had UVSC's best round Friday with a 77. Chad McDaniel checked in at 338 and Shane Brady shot 341.