BOONVILLE, Mo. -- Sixteenth-ranked Mount Mercy won a one-hole playoff with William Penn on Tuesday to claim second place at the 2017 Heart of America Athletic Conference Men's Golf Championship at Hail Ridge Golf Course. Defending champion and 22nd-ranked Grand View took the team title by eight strokes.
The 54-hole event opened on Monday with 10 teams playing 36 holes under poor conditions. Grand View put together rounds of 292 and 288 for an 11-stroke lead. Mount Mercy had a 303 for the initial 18 holes, then got 15 strokes better to tie the Vikings for the low round of the tournament. Day two saw the Mustangs shoot 298 to finish at 889, but it wasn't enough to overtake Grand View, which shot 301 for an eight-stroke victory with an 881 team total.
The remainder of the field looked like this. William Penn (889) ended up third, followed by Culver-Stockton (Mo.) (901), Missouri Valley (905), Graceland (926), Evangel (Mo.) (932), Baker (Kan.) (934), Central Methodist (Mo.) (948) and Clarke (955).
Mitch Pfingsten of Grand View was medalist at one-under-par (70-70-72=212), winning a playoff with Zachary Chegwidden (72-71-69=212). Mount Mercy's Sergio Garcia carded a 73 and 71 on Monday, then a 72 on Tuesday to finish third at three-over-par. Grand View's Myles Pfingsten (+9) and Culver-Stockton's Hunter Baggett (+9) rounded out the top five.
All five Mount Mercy golfers were in the top 25. Philip Nelson was the second Mustang in the top 10, tying for ninth place at 224 (75-74-75). Chad Nitz (78-71-77=226) tied for 13th, Will Bruyeres (77-76-74=227) tied for 16th and Ben Jones (78-72-79=229) tied for 23rd.
Head Coach Luke Slaymaker and the Mustangs will wait and see if they earn one of seven or eight at-large berths in the NAIA Men's Golf National Championships, May 16-19 at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill. Qualifiers will be announced on Thursday, May 4. Mount Mercy is looking for its second consecutive national tournament appearance.
Also announced on Tuesday were the 2016-17 Heart of America all-conference awards. Kaz Sakai of Missouri Valley was named Player of the Year and Chris Winkle of Grand View and Jordan Dickson of Missouri Valley were Co-Coaches of the Year. Garcia, Nitz and Bruyeres of Mount Mercy all made the all-conference roster.
2016-17 Heart of America Men's Golf Honors
Player of the Year: Kaz Sakai (Missouri Valley)
Co-Coaches of the Year: Chris Winkle (Grand View), Jordan Dickson (Missouri Valley)
All-Heart of America Athletic Conference:
Jon Roberson, Hunter Baggett (Culver-Stockton); Myles Pfingsten, Mitch Pfingester, Hunter Van Veen (Grand View); Robert Cull, Hamish Gorn, Shawn Cook, Kaz Sakai, Jan Jedlicka (Missouri Valley); Sergio Garcia, Chad Nitz, William Bruyeres (Mount Mercy); Zachary Chegwidden, Frederik Lundsgaard (William Penn).