*M State shot a 2nd round 309 to win the MCAC and Region XIII Championships.
*The Region XIII victory was by 1 shot over Southwest Tech (Wisconsin) who shot 313 in the 2nd round. Mesabi Range finished 3rd in the Region and 2nd in the MCAC.
*The Spartans trailed but played the final 3 holes in 2 under par as a team to rally for the victory.
*This is the Spartans 7th consecutive Region XIII Championship and 7th consecutive MCAC championship.
*Hunter Moen earned individual champion honors for both the Region and MCAC. He shot a 2nd round of 74 for a 2 day total of 150. Mitch Steiner (2017 1st team all-american) came in 2nd with a two day total of 151.
*Moen is the Spartans 4th individual Region Champion in the last 7 years.
*M State's Mason Landborg tied Moen for the low round of day 2 with a 74 and finished 3rd in the Region and 2nd in the MCAC with a two day total of 152 (78-74).
*The round was delayed in the morning by one hour due to extremely wet conditions from overnight rainfall.
*With the win, the Spartans will return to the NJCAA Div. III National Championship at Chautauqua, NY in June.
1.M State-Fergus Falls 319 (Day 1)-309= 628 total
2.Southwest Tech 316-313= 629
3.Mesabi Range 320-319= 639
4.Rochester CTC 383-365= 748
MCAC Results same as above minus Southwest Tech
Individual Results for each team:
M State Fergus Falls
Hunter Moen 76-74= 150
Mason Landborg 78-74= 152
Nick Kress 81-80= 161
Jordan Kern 87-81= 168
Blake Bloedorn 84-85= 169
Mitch Steiner 77-74= 151
Drew Zimmerman 78-74= 152
Rollin Petersen 80-78= 158
Matt Ambrose 82-87= 169
Trey Stendalen 81-93= 174
Nick Moe 76-78= 154
Jon Rue 83-81= 164
John Sjoberg 77-91= 168
Zach Rinne 84-85= 169
Beau Halttunen 98-75= 173
Ethan Otterbein 82-79= 161
Nick Paulsen 80-83= 163
Will Forberg 112-95= 207
Austin Miller 109-108= 217
Jason Retzlaff Quote:
"This was one of the most exciting rounds I can remember having our golf program involved with as we went head to head with an outstanding Southwest Tech team. We trailed going into the last 6 holes but our players kept their composure and stayed in the moment. Our team played the final three holes of the championship in 2 under par to close the deal. I couldn't be more proud of the way they competed under immense pressure. This might be the deepest team 1-10 that we have had. It is a great team accomplishment for all 10 of our Spartan golfers this Fall."
"Congrats Hunter Moen on the individual championship. He was an absolute rock and went toe to toe in the 2nd round with one of the best players in Div. III golf (Mitch Steiner-Southwest Tech). Hunter showed the poise of a champion. Mason Landborg played a superb final round. He was the epitome of clutch with birdies on 2 of his last 3 holes."
"Lots of credit has to go to Southwest Tech as they have a tremendous team and a first rate golf program. It took everything we had to come out on top against such a great opponent. Mesabi Range needs to be commended as well as they played 2 very good team rounds of golf and finished very strong."
The photo attached is a team photo of the M State Spartans following the round.
(Photo taken by Pat McBride)