GREENSBORO, N.C. — Seniors Jimmy Keener and Cheyne Kendall each finished off consistent, strong weeks at the NCAA Championship Tournament with a final round 71 and 72 respectively to lead Schreiner to a 7th place finish.
The Mountaineers were in 13th place after the first round and moved up after each of the subsequent rounds and were only two shots out of fifth place and one shot behind the sixth place team.
Keener (72-73-72-71) finished the tournament at even par (288) which was good for a fifth place placement in the individual race. He was third overall at the last year’s championship tournament. Kendall’s round Friday included a hole-in-one on the 209-yard par-3 third hole and he placed 13th overall (74-74-73-72) after finishing as runner-up at last year’s tournament. Methodist won the team title with a four-day score of 1173.
LaVerne’s Kelby Scharmann won medalist honors with a total of 279 (-9).
Other Mountaineer scores came from junior Phil Stewart, who celebrated his birthday on Friday with a final-round 74. He posted a tournament score of 304 (78-76-76-74), which was good for 46th place. Sophomore Matt McClung shot 82 on Friday for a total of 311 (64th place) and senior Zach Oliver carded a 77 for a 312 total (65th). With the completion of play Friday, one of Schreiner Athletics’ most highly-successful runs ends.
Over the past three semesters, Schreiner Men’s Golf has won two SCAC championship titles, seven other tournament championships (out of nine played), one NCAA national championship and a seventh place finish. A program that wasn’t even on the national map three years ago now commands a prominent place in the top 10 rankings.
SU will have to fill some big holes in order to maintain this level of success. The program adds a five-player freshmen recruiting class next fall that shows great promise.