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Central Alabama Edges Odessa for DI Men's Golf Championship
 May 17, 2013


LUBBOCK, Texas – The 2013 NJCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship came to an exciting conclusion Friday evening at The Rawls Golf Course in Lubbock. After trailing in the team standings throughout the tournament, Central Alabama Community College fought back edge Odessa College (Texas) on the tournament’s final day by one stroke. The national championship is the seventh for Central Alabama’s men’s golf program and first since its three consecutive titles from 1999-2001.

Odessa held a one-stroke advantage on CACC 866 (+2) to 877 (+3). Central Alabama had four players shot par or better on the tournament’s final day, including a 68 Andrew Klasing to lead a team score of 283 (-5) and move its four-round score to 1,150 (-2). The Wranglers, however, slipped to second in the standings with a team score of 285 (-3) on Friday, which set Odessa back to three-over at 1,151 (-1).

Alex Mahlik led Central Alabama with a team best 283 (-5) to finish in a tie for sixth overall. Andrew Klasing finished in a tie for eighth with a three-under-par 285.

While Central Alabama and Odessa were battling for the team title another was taking place for individual medalist honors. Heading into the final round on Friday, five golfers were tied for the overall lead at five-under-par (211) but none would end up winning the title.

Sitting in a tie for ninth after three rounds at 213 (-2), Akse Olsen of Wallace State Community College (Ala.) turned in his best performance of the four-day event with a five-under-par 67 in the final round to push his total for the tournament to 281(-7). Meanwhile, Meridian Community College’s (Miss.) T.J. Morgan carded a 70 (-2) on Friday to tie Olsen for the lead.

The two participated in a playoff on the No. 18 hole. Morgan bogeyed the par five hole while Olsen made par to emerge as the 2013 champion.

New Mexico Junior College’s Elliott Whitley, Iowa Western Community College’s Jose Pelayo and Keith Greene of Brevard Community College (Fla.) finished in a tie for third place at six-under (282). 

Akse Olsen (right) of Wallace State is congratulated by NJCAA President Joe Tubb. 

Photos by John Weast 

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