Southern Arkansas claimed the Great American Conference Preview golf tournament Tuesday with a collective 279.
SAU junior Roman Timmerman forced a scorecard playoff with Oklahoma Baptist's Dakota Clark to earn his first career individual collegiate title.
Timmerman, from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, finished two strokes off the lead after Monday’s first two rounds at Oklahoma City’s Lake Hefner course.
The Muleriders dropped four strokes from their round two score as they won their fourth tournament of the past year. SAU topped tournament host Southern Nazarene by ten strokes as the squad finished at 22-under, 842; the second-best low 54-hole total in program history.
The 279 in round three is tied for the sixth-best low round and low round vs. par in SAU's NCAA Era with the five better rounds all coming at Lake Hefner. Tuesday's victory is the sixth career win for fifth-year head coach Ben Sanders.
After shooting a pair of 68s on Monday, Timmerman followed with a 70 in the final round to force a playoff with Clark who shot 69-70-67 to match Timmerman at 10-under, 206. The 54-hole total for the Canadian is the fourth-best such result by an SAU golfer in the program's DII Era (1995-96).
Timmerman's performance saw him finish with the third-most birdies among the field at 17, and he led all players in par-4 scoring at 3-under. In par-5 scoring, Timmerman shot 10-under.
Timmerman had help leading the Muleriders to a first-place finish as freshmen Logan Stephens (R3 – 70) and Brendan Little (R3 – 71) each posted scores under par. However, the best score of the final 18 holes belonged to junior Garrett Davis as he shot a career-best 68. That trio all placed in the top 12. Senior Calum Graham posted back-to-back-to-back 73s and redshirt freshman Drew Reaux, who competed as an individual, shot even on Tuesday.
In par-3 scoring, Stephens posted even, while Graham, Davis and Little all finished at one-over. Little went one-under on par-4 scoring and Davis trailed Timmerman by a single stroke in par-5 scoring as he shot nine-under on such holes. Stephens went eight-under on par-5 holes.
Davis recorded 14 birdies over the three rounds and Little followed with 11. Reaux's 40 pars led the entire field and he joined Stephens by recording an eagle on Tuesday. Little and Stephens combined for 71 birdies as Little led the freshmen duo with 36.
In 18 combined individual rounds, the Muleriders shot under par in 13, which included a trio of 68s.
The Muleriders prepare for the Northeastern State Classic in Muskogee, OK on September 16-17.
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