GALENA, Ill. -- Mount Mercy's Philip Nelson earned his first collegiate victory in a sudden death playoff as the 16th-ranked Mustangs finished runner-up at the eight-team Loras Spring Invitational on Tuesday at Eagle Ridge Golf Course.
Nelson, Yudai Hirano of Coe and Drew Mendoza of Central were tied at one-over-par after 18 holes before Nelson clinched medalist honors on the first playoff hole. Mount Mercy's top five also included George Long (12th/77), Thomas Schuhkraft (18th/78), Tyler Stueck (26th/80) and Jon Landis (36th/83). Three Mustangs competed as individuals. Oscar Anderson (82) tied for 32nd, Robby Verhille (88) tied for 53rd and Joel Bergen (98) tied for 62nd.
Iowa Central edged Mount Mercy by a stroke for the team title, 307-308. Central (310) finished third, Loras (313) fourth and Clarke (317) and Coe (317) tied for fifth. College of DuPage (Ill.) (334) was seventh and Dubuque (339) eighth.
The Mustangs get to preview the course they'll be playing in the Heart of America Athletic Conference Championship when they travel to Boonville, Mo., for the Central Methodist (Mo.) Invitational on Monday and Tuesday, April 24-25, at Hail Ridge Golf Course. The Heart of America tournament is May 1-2 at Hail Ridge.