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|CSC Men's Golf Team Finishes 17th at National Tournament
|Carl Sandburg College's first trip to to the NJCAA Division II Men's National Golf Tournament resulted in a 17th place finish.
CSC spent four days in sunny Phoenix, Arizona. The Palm Valley Golf Club hosted the event, which is the home of the Phoenix College Bears.
With heat in the high 90s it was a big change from woods to cacti, not to mention it was the biggest stage the young Chargers have ever played on.
CSC's only Sophomore Andrew Ledford led the way for his team by shooting a four-day total of 306 (+14) and keeping all four of his rounds in the 70s despite taking a quadruple bogey on his 4th hole and following it up with a triple bogey on the 5th. Ledford, however, played his other 16 hole at -1 and finished the tournament in a 55th place tie out of the 132 players.
Luke Kane carded a 319 for the Chargers, Jordan Lieber shot a 321, Chris Neal finished at 323 and Kyle McEwen wound up at 341.
The Chargers finished the tournament in 17th place. Coach KC Harding said when it was all said in done that's not too bad considering CSC was the only team that made it to the national tournament with four freshmen.
"I would be lying if I said I was happy with our performance, however I was proud of each and one of my kids," Harding said. "They showed me a lot of heart in the four days that we were down there. It was tough knowing it was our final event with our captain, Andrew Ledford."
Harding said the team has become very close and it's always tough when you realize its over. "But that is something I will have to become used to since we're only a two-year school," Harding said. "It was a fun ride and I want to thank my team and CSC for giving me a chance. I'm already looking forward to this fall."