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Methodist’s comeback is a winner

2015 Division III Men’s Golf

The Methodist University golf program has long been imposing under head coach Steve Conley. The Monarchs’ captured nine Division III national championships in the 1990s and added a 10th in 2010.

When the 2014-15 season began, the Monarchs quickly built momentum, winning three tournaments and never finishing out of the top four in any event in the fall or spring. Conley had good feelings about his squad, led by All-American Jeff Wells, and hoped it would become part of the program’s national championship tradition.

Conley got his wish. The Monarchs wrapped up national title No. 11 on May 15 at Grandover Resort in Greensboro, North Carolina. They posted a final-round total of 4-over-par 292, best of the day, and came from five shots in arrears to capture a three-stroke victory over LaGrange College.

“Knowing how difficult it is to win now, it makes it even more special,” Conley said, referring to the injection of talent that has elevated all levels of college golf. “These kids won it. They weren’t here in the 1990s. Seeing them get the experience and live it for themselves, it makes it, I guess, even more special than in the ’90s.”

The Results
2015 DIII Men's Golf Championship

1st: Methodist, 284-302-295-292 – 1,173
2nd: LaGrange, 292-298-290-296 – 1,176
3rd: Wittenberg, 297-293-287-300 – 1,177

1st: Kelby Scharmann, La Verne, 66-75-68-70 – 279
2nd: Jeff Wells, Methodist, 69-74-73-69 – 285
2nd: Anthony Maccaglia, Oglethorpe, 70-68-71-76 – 285

Alex Kapraun, St. Thomas (MN)

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