SUWANEE, Ga. - With a final-round 289, the
Oglethorpe University men's golf team came from four strokes down
to earn the school's first-ever national title, winning the 2009
NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championship at the PGA Village in
Port St. Lucie, Fla.
That national title moment is being recognized as the Top Moment in the history of SCAC men's golf. Top 20 Moments homepage
Oglethorpe chased down Methodist University, the 54-hole leader, and held off a charging University of La Verne to earn the Championship win. The Petrels finished with a four day total of 12-over par 1164 to best La Verne who came in at 16-over par 1168.
Oglethorpe sophomore Olafur Loftsson fired a final round 3-under par 69 to come from behind to win individual medalist honors at the Championship. Loftsson finished in a tie with La Verne’s Mitchell Fedorka and bested him on the first playoff hole to win the Arnold Palmer award for tournament medalist. For the four-day tournament, Loftsson finished with a score of 285, good for 3-under par.
Stormy Petrel freshman Colin Chapman fired a final round of 1-under par and finished in a tie for 11th place overall. Oglethorpe junior Scott Pugh carded a tournament total of 296 (8-over) to finish in a tie for 15th place while senior Hap Kaufold came home with a total of 298 to finish tied for 27th place. Freshman Matt Bernstein carded a four day total of 305 and finished tied for 51st.
The national championship is the sixth for an SCAC team and the first since DePauw University won the 2007 Division III Women's Basketball Championship. Loftsson's individual title was the 18th for an SCAC student-athlete.
“This is a great day for Oglethorpe athletics," said Oglethorpe head coach Jim Owen following the victory. "I could not be more proud of our guys for bringing home the school’s first championship. They certainly earned it with their stellar play on the course.”
Russell Kramer, the SCAC Director of Communications/New Media, interviewed Oglethorpe head coach Jim Owen as well as two members of the Petrels' championship squad - Hap Kaufold and Scott Pugh - one week after that 2009 championship weekend. To listen to the interview with Jim Owen, click here. To listen to the interview with Hap Kaufold, click here. To listen to the interview with Scott Pugh, click here.
To view the complete list of SCAC Men's Golf Top 20 Moments, click here.
Throughout the 2010-2011 academic year, the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference will celebrate its 20th anniversary. A special logo commemorating the occasion will be used and the league office will also be releasing the Top 20 moments for each sport the conference sponsors (excluding men's and women's lacrosse).
June 14, 2011 SCAC Announces 2011 Men's Golf All-Sportsmanship Team
June 13, 2011 Centre's Morris Wins Prestigious Jack Nicklaus Award
May 28, 2011 Chafin Steps Down As Centre College Director Of Golf
May 26, 2011 SCAC Names Owen and Lazar Golf Coaches-Of-The-Year
April 24, 2011 Oglethorpe Claims Ninth SCAC Men's Golf Championship
April 22, 2011 2011 SCAC Men's and Women's Golf Championships
September 22, 2010 University of Dallas to Join the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference