The Meridian Community College Golf team recently completed play in the NJCAA National Championship. The Eagles played four rounds at Swan Lake Golf Course in Plymouth, Indiana. The Eagles battled wind, rain, and blustery conditions to come back home with a ninth-place finish.
The Eagles opened play Tuesday shooting 317 as a team. Will Kidder led the Eagles shooting an even-par 72. Mitchell Fifer shot five-over par 77. Presley Wade came in at eleven over par 83. Logan Meadows came in at thirteen over par 85. Dalton Baskin rounded things out during the Eagles opening round at fifteen over par 87.
The Eagles returned to the course Wednesday and had a much better showing. The Eagles shot 308 as a team. Fifer led the way for the Eagles with an even-par 72. Wade followed up shooting five-over par 77. Baskin shot seven over par 79. Kidder came into the clubhouse after going eight over par 80. Meadows rounded things out for the Eagles firing thirteen over par 85.
Heading into their third round the Eagles were in seventh place. Kidder paced the Eagles on day three firing one under par 71. Fifer shot six over par 78. Wade came in with a twelve over par 84. Baskin finished the day at fourteen over par 86. Rounding out round three for the Eagles was Meadows at fifteen over par 87.
The Eagles saved their best round of the tournament for the final day of action. The Eagles shot 293 on the day which was the third-best round of the day. Kidder shot two under par 70. Fifer came in right behind Kidder with a one-under-par 71. Baskin fired three-over par 75. Meadows finished out strong with a five-over par 77. Wade closed things out for the Eagles with a nine-over par 81.
“I am very proud of these guys. This week was the most difficult mentally and physically that I have been a part of. We had rain every day, multiple delays, and even a very rare re-start of a round. The wind conditions were extremely difficult but these guys played with a lot of heart. These sophomores will all be sorely missed. Each of them are moving on to play at universities so we will continue to follow them. We are very appreciative of MCC for providing the opportunity to go to nationals and Northwood and Briarwood for being so good to us.” Said Head Coach Ronnie Key.
The Eagles finished the 2018-19 season with a top ten national ranking and had two golfers chosen for the PING All-American team. Mitchell Fifer was selected as a First Team All-American. Will Kidder was also selected as Honorable Mention All-American. In addition to the All-American Honors, Fifer and Kidder were selected to the East Region NJCAA Division II PING All-Region Team.