Courtesy of Grand Valley State athletic communications
WINONA, MINN. –- The GVSU men's golf team made history, bringing home the first regional title in program history. Led by back-to-back regional medalist Charles DeLong, the Lakers won the event by 18 strokes and punched their ticket to the NCAA Championships.
The Lakers shot a final round of 294 (+10) to claim the first title in the history of the program, as they ended the tournament at five over, 18 strokes ahead of second place Missouri S&T. Joining those two teams in advancing to the NCAA Championships were third place Maryville, fourth place Washburn, and two teams tied for fifth in Henderson State and Southern Arkansas.
DeLong shot a final round of even par 71, carding two birdies, to end the tournament at six under, earning regional medalist for the second consecutive season. Nick Krueger and Drew Coble tied for second at one under. Krueger shot a round of 75 (+4) and Coble shot a 74 (+3), as they each had one birdie on the day. Bryce Wheeler ended tied for 61st, sinking one birdie today, as he shot a 74 (+3) to end at +13. Charlie Cooley shot a final round of 83 (+12) to end in a tie for 104th at twenty-six over.
The Lakers will play in the NCAA Championships in Warren, Ohio at the Avon Lakes Golf Club from May 22-26.