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Golf – Cavaliers place fourth at D-I men’s championship

05/20/13

Golf – Cavaliers place fourth at D-I men’s championship

2013 Division I Men's National Golf Championship logoOVERLAND PARK, Kan. – The Johnson County Community College men’s golf team capped its amazing 2012-13 season by finishing fourth at the NJCAA Division I Golf Championship at The Rawls Golf Course in Lubbock, Texas. The fourth place finish marks the highest national finish in team history, bettering the seventh place finish by the 2004-05 squad. Central Alabama edged Odessa by one stroke to win the 2013 national title. The Cavaliers were seven back from the national champions. 

Two Cavaliers finished among the top 18 to earn all-tournament recognition. Freshman Alex Forristal finished in a three-way tie for sixth place, giving him the highest finish at nationals in JCCC history. The previous highest was seventh by Jay Kramer in 2005. Forristal shot 5-under (283) over the 72-hole championship, firing rounds of 69, 71, 71 and 72. He was tied for the lead following both the second and third rounds. His 283 total ties the second best recorded at nationals by a JCCC golfer. 

Sophomore Mario Funcic, an 11th place finisher last year for the Cavaliers, finished a tie for 16th with a 1 over par 289 total. That score ranks fourth all-time at JCCC. Funcic got off to a rocky start to this year’s championships, firing an opening round 78, but fought back by shooting 5 under the final three rounds (72, 68, 71).  Funcic is the first player in team history to earn all-tournament as a freshman and sophomore. 

Also competing for the Cavaliers were freshman Gage Scheer, sophomore Joe Morrisey and freshman Trevor Tanahill. Scheer tied for 37th with a 294 (+6). He posted scores of 75 in the first and fourth rounds, and 72 in both the second and third rounds. His 294 total ties the sixth best score in team history. 

Morrisey made the biggest move in the field on the final day of the tournament, which was key to JCCC’s team finish. He jumped 33 spots, moving from a tie for 92 and to 59th with a final round 2 under 70. Morrisey finished 11 over for the championship with a 299 total. 

Tannahill moved 13 spots in the final round, finishing in a tie for 86th after opening his round tied for 99th. Tannahill shot an even par 72 in the final round to finish with a 303 total (+15).

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