For Immediate Release
Golf -- April 19, 2011
Golf Earns Second Straight SLIAC Sportsmanship Award
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Eureka College senior T.J. Schopp (LeRoy, Ill./LeRoy H.S.) carded a three-round score of 232 for a 13th place finish, leading the Eureka golf team at the 2011 St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship at Forest Park Golf Club in St. Louis, Mo. Additionally, the Red Devils earned the SLIAC Sportsmanship Award, voted on by league coaches and players, for the second consecutive season.
Schopp’s 77 in the opening round was Eureka’s best round of the tournament. He finished the event just five shots outside of the top-10 and 13 shots off the lead. Eureka freshman Brad Lawson (Hoopeston, Ill./Hoopeston Area H.S.) was next for the Red Devils, placing in a tie for 33rd place with a final score of 273.
Webster posted a three-round score of 886, the lowest in conference championship history, to capture the team title. It marks the fourth time that the Gorloks have claimed the crown and the first time since 2008. With the team title, Webster also receives an automatic qualifying bid and will make their second appearance at the NCAA Division III Championships. Webster head coach Andrew Belsky was named the SLIAC Coach of the Year
Kaleb Kessler of Webster claimed individual medalist honors and was named the SLIAC Player and Newcomer of the Year after placing first in the field of 40 with a final score of 219. He also recorded a hole-in-one on the 185-yard, par 3, hole #5 in the final round, helping him to secure the conference title. Kessler is the fourth SLIAC Golfer to earn both Player and Newcomer of the Year honors in the same season.
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