Cobra sophomore David Keenan fired a one-under par 71 on Friday and finished at -8 for the week, good enough to win the individual title at the NJCAA D-2 National Golf Tournament at Goose Pond Colony in Scottsboro, Alabama.
Keenan won by a convincing five strokes over a group of four players who all finished tied at -3. The Salt Fork graduate led for the first 36 holes of the tournament but found himself trailing by a stroke after Thursday's round. Keenan's 71 on Friday was one on only seven scores under par on the cool, breezy day which saw 3rd round leader Steven Souchek struggle to an 81, just a day after firing a 66 to take the lead. Keenan's medalist title is the first for Parkland in golf and earns him All-American honors.
It is the Cobras' highest finish since Michael Davan earned All-American honors in 2009 with a 9th-place finish. Cobra teammate Lyle Burns concluded a solid week of golf with a 75 on Friday to put him in a tie for 52nd place out of 122 golfers who were entered in the finals. Fellow Region 24 entries Jake Schneider (ICC), 11th, Steve Souchek (Logan), 12th, and Rend Lake's Dayton Jones, 19th, all finished in the top 20.
"Winning the individual title exceeds my wildest expectations," said Keenan. "I played well this year but for some reason struggled in the opening rounds of several tournaments. I knew after the 66 on Tuesday and the 70 on Wednesday that I had put myself in a position to win the title. I want to thank my family, coaches, and teammates for their support, it's an amazing feeling to be Parkland's first National Champion in golf."
South Mountain College placed four players in the top 10 and ran away with the team title, out scoring 2nd place Walters State and 3rd Place John A Logan by a collective 19 and 31 strokes respectively.
TOP 10 FINAL INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS1.David Keenan Parkland, Ill.280 (-8)T2.Jake Argento South Mountain, Ariz.285 (-3)T2.Ben Seward South Mountain, Ariz.285 (-3)T2.Calvin Freeman Southeast, Neb.285 (-3)T2.Will Twitty South Mountain, Ariz.285 (-3)6.Andrew Hall Walters State, Tenn.286 (-2)7.Brad Hawkins Walters State, Tenn.287 (-1)T8.Chad CupplesNorthwest Mississippi288 (E)T8.Tyler TerryTyler JC, Texas288 (E)T8.Marley Sweeney South Mountain, Ariz.288 (E)
1.South Mountain, Ariz.1,139 (-13)2.Walters State, Tenn.1,171 (+19)3.John A. Logan, Ill.1,183 (+31)4.Kirkwood, Iowa1,185 (+33)5.Black Hawk-Moline, Ill.1,188 (+36)6.Mississippi Gulf Coast1,189 (+37)7.Southeast, Neb. 1,191 (+39)8.Muskegon CC, Mich.1,193 (+41)9.Tyler JC, Texas1,194 (+32)10.Owens, Ohio1,197 (+45)