April 20th, 2016
Spalding men win second straight SLIAC golf title
By Brian Clinard - Spalding S.I.D.
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The Spalding University men’s golf team led wire to wire capturing their second consecutive SLIAC men’s golf team championship carding a three-round 299-297-295- 891, beating second place Webster University by four strokes. This marks the Golden Eagles third SLIAC championship in the past four years.
The Golden Eagles place all five entrants on 2016 All-Conference Team. Michael Vick and Jonathon Gandia were named First Team All-Conference, while Anthony Irwin, Hunt Lenz and Brandon Sanner were named Second Team All-Conference.
Junior Michael Vick was tied for the lead with Webster’s Tyler Thorman after 54 holes firing 72-73-74- 219. Vick would fall short of the individual crown losing to Thorman in the playoff. Vick held a one-stroke lead over teammate Jon Gandia heading into the final round. Vick started slow, bogeying holes two and four on the front-nine, but parred holes 5-10 before bogeying the eleventh. Vick took a shot back with a birdie on the 526-yard par five 17th hole to force a playoff.
Jonathon Gandia placed third in the individual standings carding 74-72-77- 223. Gandia was one off the lead heading into the day. Gandia was even-par through the front-nine, but struggled on the back-nine shooting six over-par including a triple bogey on the 18th hole.
Anthony Irwin finished sixth shooting 79-75-73- 227. Irwin’s final round two-over par 73 helped him climb four spots on the leaderboard on the final day. Irwin provided one of the highlights of the tournament dropping in an eagle on the 530 yard par-five seventh hole.
2015 Individual Champion Hunt Lenz placed eighth carding 74-77-79- 230. Lenz had a tough time on the back-nine bogeying seven of the final nine, after going one-over on the front nine.
After shooting 81 in the first and second round, Brandon Sanner rallied on the final day shooting a team-best even-par 71 finishing 10th. Sanner was up and down on the front-nine birdying the second hole, followed by a bogey at three and double bogey at four, but took a stroke back birdying the seventh hole. Sanner evened out on the back-nine birdying 13 and 17.
The Golden Eagles will be back in action at the NCAA Division III Championships hosted by St. John Fisher at Mendon Golf Club and Midvale Country Club in Rochester, N.Y.