Sandburg’s White Qualifies for NJCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championship

  Aaron Frey
  Monday, October 7, 2019 9:50 AM

Byron, IL

Carl Sandburg College freshman Trace White (Mount Pleasant, Iowa/Mount Pleasant) punched his ticket to the NJCAA Division II Championship with a 10th-place finish at the Region IV Tournament on Saturday at PrairieView Golf Club.

White, who led after the opening round of the 54-hole tournament, finished at 242 (75-85-82) for the weekend, earning one of six individual qualifying spots for nationals and second-team All-Region IV honors. He’ll compete in the NJCAA Division II Championship May 19-22 at Twin Hills Country Club in Joplin, Mo.

It marks the eighth straight year and 12th time in the last 13 years Sandburg has sent an individual or team to the national tournament.

The Chargers finished fourth in the nine-team region with a total of 1,012 after posting rounds of 333, 336 and 343. Black Hawk (959) and Sauk Valley (976) earned the two team qualifying spots from Region IV for the national tournament. Highland was third at 987.

Oakton’s Nzelu Maitha shot a 1-over-par 73 in the final round and was the region champion with a three-day total of 230. He beat runner-up Gabe Beardsley of Black Hawk by five strokes.

FULL RESULTS: Region IV Tournament

Final results
PrairieView Golf Club, par 72
Team totals

  1. Black Hawk 959*
  2. Sauk Valley 976*
  3. Highland 987
  4. Sandburg 1,012
  5. Illinois Valley 1,016
  6. Lake County 1,018
  7. Bryant & Stratton 1,020
  8. Oakton 1,079
  9. Moraine Valley 1,097

Top individuals
1. Nzelu Maitha (Oakton) 230*
2. Gabe Beardsley (Black Hawk) 235
T3. Trevor Brandon (Lake County) 236*
T3. Caden Fletcher (Bryant & Stratton) 236*
T5. Jacob Rude (Sauk Valley) 237
T5. Colton Guy (Sauk Valley) 237
T7. Mick Haverland (Black Hawk) 240
T7. Peyton Perez (Black Hawk) 240
9. Kyle Ketcham (Highland) 241*
T10. Trace White (Carl Sandburg) 242*
T10. Austin Velazquez (Waubonsee) 242* 

Sandburg scores
Trace White 75-85-82—242
Grant Otting 82-84-88—254
Grant Campbell 79-83-94—256
Kevin Greene 99-84-85—268
Cooper Beck 97-94-88—279

* Top two teams and top six individuals from teams outside the top two qualify for NJCAA Division II Championship

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