The TMC Men's Golf team did it again yesterday, winning their fourth tournament of the year! After starting the Spring season with finishes of 2nd, 4th, 4th, and 6th, the team needed a strong finish. The team knew it was just a matter of time until they put themselves on top again, and they were able to do so at the Grand View Viking Classic in Ankeny, Iowa these past few days.
At the end of day one this past Sunday, it was the hosts who had the lead. Putting together a score of 290, the Vikings had a 3 stroke advantage on the Mustangs. The two teams separated themselves from the rest of the pack with the next closest team at 310. Kevin Anderson of the Mustangs led all players at two under par, 70, and held a 1 stroke lead over Grand View's Josh Manske and Mike Slavin going into the final round. TMC would need its number 2 and 3 guys to make a move in the final day to take hold of the lead.
Monday morning, the team was welcomed by 40 mph winds and low 30 temperatures as they arrived at the Briarwood Golf Club. In addition to the brooding weather, the Mustangs would face stiff competition in a field of 10 quality teams led by their Viking hosts who currently hold the NAIA National #4 ranking. The stage was set for a tough, grind it out tournament.
Answering the call in day two, Thane Ringler and Andrew Bergoon were able to move up into 2nd and 4th place respectively, both turning in scores of 78. On a day when everyone saw their numbers going up, the Mustangs were able to keep some of the lowest scores of the day. Anderson finished going 70 and 75 in the two rounds to take the event with a 6 stroke lead. Pushing himself into a second place tie was Ringler who finished with a 73 and the 78. Bergoon took sole possession of fourth place and Daniel Mothershead was just outside of the top ten, tying for 11th place with a 157 score.
Coach Semelsberger pleased by his men's success, commented, "These are the type of days that make you mentally tougher and more seasoned as a player. I was proud of the guys for their response to the weather." In addition he commented, "We're praising God and give Him all the glory! We're excited to increase our focus as a team on Christ."
The team continues to gain confidence and momentum as they head into regional play, full of anticipation of what will come.
The Mustangs are the 2011 Viking Classic Champions