Jackson, Tenn. - 4/30/2003 - Union University golf has made a strong case for a spot in the upcoming NAIA National Tournament with their second place finish in the TranSouth Golf Tournament and a fourth place finish in the NAIA Region XI Tournament.
Union placed fourth in the 54-hole NAIA Region XI Tournament with a three round total of 916. No. 2 ranked Berry College placed first (868), No. 16 Huntingdon (888) placed second, and No. 19 Lindsey Wilson (911) came in at third. The Bulldogs are currently No. 33 in the NAIA polls.
Milan native, Anthony McElroy led Union and finished in a tie for ninth place with a three day total of 225. His low score was 74 in the second and third rounds on the par-72 course. Former JCS standout, Chris Webb, shot a 229 for a 17th place finish. Jeff Reuter (231) finished in a tie for 20th, Caleb Walker (240) finished in a tie for 32nd, and Jeremy Hand (242) finished in a tie for 41st.
Union head coach Don Morris hopes his team can jump into the NAIA Top 25 after their performance in the region. Breaking into the top 25 would give the Bulldogs a good chance to make the national tournament and a top 20 ranking would all but assure them a trip.
The Bulldogs have not finished lower that seventh place in their last five golf tournaments and dating back to the fall season, have place in the top-10 in 11-of-12 tournaments.
The final NAIA Ranking will come out next Tuesday, May 6 and will determine the at-large bids for the national tournament. This year’s NAIA National Tournament is May 20 – 23 in Palm Coast, Florida.
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