Spalding University broke three conference records and claimed Coach, Player and Newcomer of the Year honors as they captured their first St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) Men’s Golf Championship.
Anthony Irwin posted rounds of 69-71-71–211 to claim the individual crown and earn not only Player of the Year honors, but also Newcomer of the Year. His three-round total (211) is a new Conference record, and he posted low scores in the first two rounds.
Keith Thompson also placed within the top 10 for the Golden Eagles with a three-round total of 226 (72-75-79). He tied for ninth place out of the 34 golfers competing.The Golden Eagles boasted the top four finishers, marking the first time since 1998 that a team has done so. Andrew Pleasant finished just one stroke behind Irwin, shooting rounds of 70-72-70–212. His 70 in round three was also the low score for the day. Cody Sheeley, who tied Irwin after the first round with a low score of 69, finished the final two rounds with a 73 in each for a total of 215. Austin Root rounded out Spalding’s top four with scores of 70-76-71–217.
As a team, Spalding posted a 54-round SLIAC record score of 854. Their first round score of 278 was also a Conference record, and they are only the second team to record three, sub-300 rounds. The Golden Eagles had rounds of 278-291-285–854 to finish 14 over par.
Spalding’s Irwin, Pleasant, Sheeley, and Root were all named First Team All-SLIAC, while Thompson earned Second Team All-Conference honors. In addition to All-SLIAC honors and the Player and Newcomer of the Year, Spalding’s Cory Kaufman was named the SLIAC Coach of the Year. SU’s Andrew Pleasant was named to the SLIAC All-Sportsmanship team.
Article courtesy of the SLIAC sports information director.