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Golf – Forristal in battle for national title


Golf – Forristal in battle for national title

Alex Forristal puttsOVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Johnson County Community College Alex Forristal enters today’s final round at the Rawls Course in Lubbock, Texas, looking to make program history. He finds himself in a five-way tie for first place through three rounds at 5-under par. He is attempting to become the first golfer in JCCC history to win a national championship, and just the second player from Kansas. 

Forristal opened the tournament with a 3-under 69, and followed with back-to-back 1-under rounds of 71. He shares the lead with T.J. Morgan of Meridian, Keith Greene of Brevard, Alex Mahlik of Central Alabama and Robert Reuter of Scottsdale. 

“Alex has a great shot to win this thing, but he has to go out and play his game,” said JCCC head coach Lafayette Norwood. 

As a team, the Cavaliers are also in the hunt for overall team championship. JCCC is tied for fifth place with a team total of 872, but are only six shots behind the leaders from Odessa College. 

“I told the guys they just need to play like they have played all year and we can play with anyone in the country,” Norwood said. 

Sophomore Mario Funcic and freshman Gage Scheer have also been key players in this championship. Funcic got off to a rocky start in the first round with a 78, but has pulled back into contention for a top 15 finish with rounds of 71 and 68. His 4-under 68 in the third round moved him from a tie for 52nd to a tie for 22nd, a jump of 30 spots. Funcic tied for 11th at last year’s championship and earned All-America honors. 

Scheer has been solid all three days, firing rounds of 75,72 and 72. His 219 total has him in a four-way tie for 26th.


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