Embry Riddle Aeronautical University’s Men’s Golf Team captured its first California Pacific Conference Championship Tuesday at Hiddenbrook Golf Course in Vallejo, Calif., securing their place in the 2013 NAIA Men’s National Golf Championships. The par 72 Arnold Palmer layout, set in the hills of Napa Valley, was very tight and narrow making play extremely difficult with the addition of challenging conditions including 25-30 mile an hour winds.
The Eagles opened up the first round with a team score of 308 and a 13 shot lead over Simpson University. Kale Davidson’s 74 and Austin Sverdrup’s 76 lead the team. During the second round Simpson University posted their low round of the championship, 309, and cut the Eagles’ lead to 2 shots. The Eagles were led by Dylan Kinney who posted a 76 during the second round leading the Eagle squad with a two day total of 154. This put Dylan in second place overall going into the final round of play. The final day the Eagles responded with four players shooting rounds in the 70’s giving them the lowest team score of the tournament, 305. The 54 hole total of 933 was a 15 shot victory over second place Simpson University.
Individually Embry-Riddle had three players finish in the top five. Dylan Kinney finished Runner-Up with nine birdies and one eagle on his way to a tournament total of 229. Kale Davidson finished third with eight birdies and one eagle posting a 54 hole total of 231. Austin Sverdrup had nine birdies and one eagle on his way to a 54 hole total of 225 to finish fourth. Tyler Harrison had a three day total of 242 and Ethan Harman carded a 77 on the final day with a 250 total to round out the Eagles’ scoring.
Coach Kim Haddow said, “I am extremely proud of and excited for this young squad and their success in only the second year of our program. They truly are a strong team with each player contributing at least one round during the tournament. “
Coach Mike Haddow said, “I am proud of the way our young men handled the pressure of the final round in a national qualifying event. We were the only team to post four rounds in the 70’s during the final round. Senior Dylan Kinney provided strong leadership and confidence, along with his outstanding play during the tournament that infected the others. Austin Sverdrup was solid as a rock for our team. He consistently posted scores that count in our team total. Kale Davidson provided the exclamation point to this tournament hitting a 210 yard 4 iron against the wind on the 18th hole to within 6 feet of the pin, making eagle.”
Embry Riddle 933; Simpson U 948; William Jessup U 964; Menlo College 1018; Marymount California U 1042; CSU Maritime 1215
Individual winner Nick Maddalena Simpson 226
Runner –up Dylan Kinney ERAU 229
Third Kale Davidson ERAU 231
Fourth Austin Sverdrup ERAU 235
Fifth Jessee Gardner William Jessup 236
Sixth Hayden Emerson William Jessup 239
These six young men make up the California Pacific Conference: All Conference Team 2013
California Pacific Conference Coaches of the Year: Kim and Mike Haddow