By: Troy Guthrie, Vincennes University
CHAUTAUQUA, NY - The Vincennes University Golf Team showed outstanding ability to maintain its concentration, coupled with additional mental toughness to withstand pesky weather and a "refuse-to-lose" attitude in securing the program's second NJCAA Div. III National Championship.
The Trailblazers - who also won the national title in 2013 - grabbed their latest national crown by 15 strokes over Georgia Northwestern Tech, 1198-1213.
VU took command of the four-day tournament, led by three strokes after Day 1 and increased its lead after each day's play concluded. VU Coach Dennis Chattin (ΓΠ, Indiana State) who picks up his second NJCAA Div. III Coach of the Tournament award, had stressed the importance of maintaining concentration all the way through the event and getting consistent scores while having various golfers from throughout the lineup shoot low scores when needed. His team responded and performed. The result was a lead as wide as 20 strokes after the third round and a comfortable cushion until the end.
"They really did the job," Chattin said of his team's ability to execute the Trailblazer gameplan. "One day, Jacob (Bartley) was the low guy, another day Jacob and Joe Davis tied as low man, a couple of other days Ian (Weyer) had the low score for us. Guys just really stepped up and allowed us to stay ahead. I'm really proud of the effort from everyone; the (total) score of 1198 is among the lowest ever at this location for the championship (tournament).
"The round of 293 was also among the lowest for a round," he continued. "What's even more impressive is that they put that round together in some tough (weather) conditions and you might say that was the 'separator' (from the remaining field) for us. It was windy and chilly that day and it had rained earlier so it was wet too."
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