LEBANON, Tenn. – Adrian Steeger posted a final-round one-over 73 for second place, Bryson Smith shot 74 and Cumberland men’s golf won its third straight Mid-South Conference Championships crown with a 16-stroke victory on Wednesday at Bowling Green Country Club in Bowling Green, Ky.
The Phoenix earned their third consecutive automatic berth into the NAIA Championships set for May 21-24 in Mesa, Ariz. Cumberland increased its lead in the team standings each from the three shots to 12 to 16 on Wednesday.
Steeger registered five birdies and eight pars in his round of 73. The Marnau am Staffelsee, Germany, native started the day with three birdies in the first six holes and stood two-under after a birdie on No. 12. The freshman made two bogeys and a double bogey on the next four holes but ended the round with a birdie at 18 for a 54-hole score of two-over par 218.
Lindsey Wilson’s Callum Blinkhorn won low medalist honors with a three-day total of two-under 214.
Smith posted a double bogey on the first hole and a bogey at No. 3 but collected birdies on holes two, four and five and added four pars for even-par at the turn. The Lafayette, Tenn., native netted a double bogey on No. 10 but registered four pars and birdies on holes 14 and 18 for a two-over, tying for fifth individually at 227.
Senior Garrett Daniel and sophomore Reece Gaddes each carded final-round scores of four-over 76 and freshman Nick Henderson shot 77.
Daniel bogeyed holes one and three but collected six pars with a birdie at No. 8 on the front nine. The Linden, Tenn., native netted two bogeys with a birdie on 14 on the back nine, standing at plus-two before a double bogey at the last left him at 76. He tied for seventh overall with a three-dday total of 229.
Gaddes registered only three pars on the front nine, making birdies on holes four and five but also three bogeys and one double. The back nine was more even for the Mt. Juliet, Tenn., native with two bogeys and a birdie at No. 18 for four-over 76 and a tie for 13th with a three-day score of 232.
Henderson shot 40 on the front nine with three bogeys, a double and a birdie at five. The Cedar Hill, Tenn., native recorded three bogeys, four pars and birdies at Nos. 14 and 17 on the back, carding a five-over 77 for a 54-hole total of 231 for 12th place overall.
Junior Josh Wiseman posted a birdie at No. 3 and was just four-over on the front nine before a triple bogey at the ninth. The Mt. Juliet native added two more birdies on the back nine but had five bogeys and a double for a final-round 84. He tied for 21st with a three-day score of 238.
2. Adrian Steeger – 74-71-73=218
t5. Bryson Smith – 80-73-74=227
t7. Garrett Daniel – 71-82-76=229
12. Nick Henderson – 81-73-77=231
t13. Reece Gaddes – 81-75-76=232
t21. Josh Wiseman – 75-79-84=238
1. Cumberland University – 301-298-302=901
2. Campbellsville University – 304-307-306=917
3. Lindsey Wilson – 308-306-304=918
4. Georgetown College – 310-303-313=926
5. University of the Cumberlands – 309-313-312=934
6. Shawnee State – 316-312-310=938
7. University of Pikeville – 329-323-325=977