The Grand Rapids Community College Raiders men’s golf team finished 16th at the National Junior College Athletic Association National Championship May 26.
The tournament was held at the Rolling Course of Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, Arizona.
The Raiders as a team shot 138 over par (1274). GRCC Sophomore, Devin Capron, was the Raiders’ highest finisher at a tie for 65th, at 28 over par (312).
Freshman, Josh Stephan, tied for 78th at 33 over par 317 for the four day tournament.
Matt Orwig shot a 38 over par 322, which put him in a tie for 92nd.
Keegan Mulvey fired a 45 over par 329 for the four days, tied for 108th.
Cam DeKuiper rounded out the Raiders in a tie for 122nd at 51 over par (335).
“I’m really proud of our guys and what we did this season,” said GRCC Athletic Director, Billy Firn.
According to Firn, the team met their goal to reach the National Championship this season.
”It was very cool to see that goal come to fruition,” Firn said.
Stephan had the highlight of the postseason, he was the last man on the course for the Raiders at the MCCAA State Championship in Port Huron, MI. The Raiders were in third, needing a great score from Stephan to advance. He fired a tournament best 68 to propel the Raiders to the win.
“It was a real ‘rah rah moment’ for our guys,” Firn said. “It was really special.”
Colin Troxler of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College won the individual competition and was the only player to finish under par for the tournament at 2 under par (282).
Tournament hosts, Mesa Community College, won the team competition, shooting a 19 over par 1155.