Sandburg Men’s Golfer Phillips Qualifies for National Tourney

BYRON — Carl Sandburg College men’s golf freshman Clayton Phillips (New London, Iowa/New London) finished 10th overall at the Region IV tournament Saturday at PrairieView and qualified for the NJCAA Division II Championship.

Phillips put together a 54-hole total of 229, shooting 76 in Thursday’s opening round, 75 on Friday and 78 on Saturday. His finish helped him earn the last of five individual qualifier spots to next spring’s national tournament as well as all-region honors.

The top three teams and top five individuals not from those teams advanced to nationals, which will take place May 17-20 at Twin Hills Country Club in Joplin, Mo. The Chargers have now qualified as a team or advanced an individual to the national tournament 10 years in a row and 14 times in the last 15 seasons.

Sandburg took seventh as a team, shooting rounds of 314, 318 and 324 to finish at 956 for the tournament. Cole Hopping (Vermont, Ill./VIT) finished at 238 for the weekend, including a second-round 76.

Bryant & Stratton shot 917 to win the region title by five strokes. Highland’s Riku Moriyama shot 216 to win the individual title by five shots, highlighted by a 4-under 68 in the final round. 


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