April 26th, 2017

Two former Rocks help Golf Knights win GLVC title

John Spugnardi

Bellarmine University S.I.D.

Two former Rocks help Golf Knights win GLVC title
photo provided by Bellarmine athletics

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.— It was a day of firsts for the Bellarmine University men's golf team today at the Great Lakes Valley Conference Championship at Rivercut Golf Club.

The most important first was Bellarmine's first GLVC Championship since 2004 as the Knights defeated Drury 5-0 in the championship match. It marked Bellarmine's first GLVC crown since the conference went to the medal-match play format, and it also was the first time a number four seed has won the championship. Probably more impressively, it was the first time the winning team did not lose an individual match in the championship round.

Bellarmine, which finished the 54-hole stroke play in fourth place, took on top-seeded and two-time defending champion Missouri-St. Louis in the morning semifinal with the Knights pulling out a 3-2 victory as Corey Teaford, Spencer Hackert and James Inman won their individual matches.

In the other semifinal, third-seeded Drury pulled out a 3-2 win to set up a Bellarmine-Drury Final.

Despite playing on Drury's home turf, the Knights never batted an eye and turned in a wire-to-wire victory.

Teaford, a freshman, put the first point on the board for the Knights by carding his low round as a collegian, firing a two-under-par 70 and defeating Cam Bourque by three shots.

Junior DJ Vogt, a two-time All-GLVC performer, turned in Bellarmine's second under-par performance in the second match, shooting 71 to take down Nick Walz by a whopping 12 shots.

In match three, Spencer Hackert posted an eight shot victory, 77 to 85 over Mitchell Kiser, and Ryan Harris also posted a round of 77 for the Knights, which was good enough to down Josh Fronabarger by three strokes in match number four.

Inman, who won the individual championship yesterday, turned in another solid performance with an even-par round of 72 to win by three over Craig Stefureak in the championship's final match.

Had today's play been the traditional play five, count four format, the Knights would have posted rounds of 289 ( 1) in the morning and 290 ( 2) in the afternoon.

The 2017 championship is Bellarmine's sixth GLVC title in men's golf, with the first coming back in 1981.

Next up for the Knights will be the NCAA Midwest/Central Regional at Awarii Dunes Golf Course in Axtell, Nebraska. The 54-hole event tees off May 8.

 Medal/Match Play Semifinals

No. 1 Missouri-St. Louis vs. No. 4 Bellarmine, Hole 1

Match 1 (8:00 a.m.) – Corey Teaford, BU (73) def. Chris Ferris, UMSL (82) | BU, 1-0

Match 2 (8:09 a.m.) – Matt Barry, UMSL (72) def. DJ Vogt, BU (73) | Tied, 1-1

Match 3 (8:18 a.m.) – Spencer Hackert, BU (72) def. Jose Acevedo, UMSL (74) | BU leads 2-1

Match 4 (8:27 a.m.) – Markus Lindberg, UMSL (77) def. Ryan Harris, BU (81) | Tied, 2-2

Match 5 (8:36 a.m.) – James Inman, BU (71) def. Julien de Poyen, UMSL (73) | BU wins 3-2

No. 2 Indianapolis vs. No. 3 Drury, Hole 10

Match 1 (8:00 a.m.) – Mitchell Kiser, DU (76) def. Christopher Heck, UINDY (86) | DU leads 1-0

Match 2 (8:09 a.m.) – Spencer Klimek, UINDY (78) vs. Nick Walz, DU (79) | Tied, 1-1

Match 3 (8:18 a.m.) – Cam Bourque, DU (72) def. Erik Edwards, UINDY (83) | DU leads 2-1 

Match 4 (8:27 a.m.) – Josh Fronabarger, DU (77) def. Evan Stoker, UINDY (80) | DU wins 3-1

Match 5 (8:36 a.m.) – Graham McAcree, UINDY (75) def. Craig Stefureak, DU (76) | DU wins 3-2

Medal/Match Play Championship

No. 3 Drury vs. No. 4 Bellarmine, Hole 1

Match 1 (1:36 p.m.) – Corey Teaford, BU (70) def. Cam Bourque, DU (73) | BU leads 1-0

Match 2 (1:45 p.m.) – DJ Vogt, BU (71) def. Nick Walz, DU (83) | BU leads 2-0

Match 3 (1:54 p.m.) – Spencer Hackert, BU (77) def. Mitchell Kiser, DU (85) | BU wins 3-0

Match 4 (2:03 p.m.) – Ryan Harris, BU (77) def. Josh Fronabarger, DU (80) | BU wins 4-0

Match 5 (2:12 p.m.) – James Inman, BU (72) def. Craig Stefureak, DU (75) | BU wins 5-0


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