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2019 NJCAA Division III Men's Golf Championship June 4-7, 2019 | Chautauqua Golf Course | Chautauqua, NY

Georgia Military edges Sandhills by one shot for the 2019 NJCAA DIII men's golf title

From the end of the opening round of play, it appeared it would be a three-team race for the team title at the 2019 NJCAA Division III Men's Golf Championship. Georgia Military, Minnesota State, and Sandhills all traded spots atop the team leaderboard throughout the four-day event: but, the Bulldogs took their turn on top at the most important time.

The top four Georgia Military golfers all shot sub-80 rounds on the final day to edge the Flyers for the team title.

Meanwhile, Minnesota State finished in the top five for the eighth straight season. Columbus State held steady ain fourth all week and County College of Morris slipped into the top five on the final day of action.

Georgia Military won the three-team race at the 2019 NJCAA DIII Men's Golf Championship.

With a final 51-stroke margin between third and fourth place, it was clear from the start that it would be one of three teams taking home the title.

Superlatives

Best individual round: Sandhills' Trey Capps and Georgia Military's Dusty Watts finished 1-2 on this year's tournament individual standings. Both athletes shot a third round, two-under 70 to record the best round of the week.

Best team round: Sandhills recorded a third round team score of 293 with a 70-72-75-76 line. That mark was by far the best mark of the week: the next closest being Georgia Military's final round score of 301.

Most eagles: Trey Capps recorded two eagles on the week – the only golfer among the field to record a pair. Six other golfers, including Oxford Emory's fourth place finisher recorded one on the tournament.

Most birdies: Sandhills (37) and Georgia Military (36) recorded the most birdies on the week. Both team-leaders (Capps and Watts) finished with 13 a piece individually.

After finishing in 10th after Day No. 1, Trey Capps led the rest of the way to take home medalist honors.

Finishing with a four-day line of 77-73-70-72, Sandhills golfer Trey Capps earned the medalist honor to become the Flyers' second men's golf individual national champion. Nick Thompson won medalist honors in 2014 with a score of 285 (-3).

Closest NJCAA DIII men's golf title race

You can't get any closer to winning a national title than Sandhills did, falling by a single stroke on the final day.

Surprisingly, it's not the first or even second time that an NJCAA Division III men's golf championship has come down to a one-shot margin.

The first occurred at the 1993 edition of the tournament – the fourth-ever DIII championship event at the NJCAA level. Columbus State edged DuPage by a single stroke for the title, 1,280-1,281 over four rounds.

The second time occured in 2005 when Minnesota's Central Lakes posted a one-shot 1,210-1,211 advantage over New York's Monroe CC.

By the numbers...

The average round score of the tournament came to a final figure of 82.96. The field performed the best on Thursday's third round with an average of 81.38.

Chautauqua Golf Club's Lake Course is a diverse course in length. Two holes, par three No. 6 and No. 8, are both below 145 yards in length and provided the lowest average scores of the tournament: 3.46 and and 3.39, respectively.

Two par five holes, No. 10 and No. 16, both eclipse 500 yards in length. The two holes, combined with the 496-yard No. 13, accounted for 145 of the 387 birdies on the the week.

Repeat All-Americans

Minnesota State's Hunter Moen finished as a First Team NJCAA All-American for the second straight year. Moen finished fifth, improving by a spot from his 2018 championship performance.

The only other repeat All-American this year was Georgia Military's Luke Ninneman. Ninneman, who finished 15th in 2018, snuck into the final First Team slot at No. 6

Georgia Military won its second title in three years, and third overall Friday in Chautauqua, NY. The Bulldogs won their first title in 2004 before winning again in 2017. Today's finish makes it three straight top-three finishes for Georgia Military.
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