Posted on Tuesday, April 27, 2021
WHEELING, W.Va. - The Westminster College men's golf team won the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Championship Tournament for the first time in 16 years on Saturday.
Westminster fired a team score of 306 (+18) in the final round at the Speidel Jones Course at Oglebay Resort and had a two-day score of 599 (+23) to win the PAC Championship by 22 shots over second-place finisher, W&J. Westminster's two-day score ties the lowest two-day total in program history and is the team's best two-day score at the PAC Championship Tournament all-time.
All five Titans received All-PAC recognition for their performances, including three All-PAC First Team recipients, led by junior Michael Bell (Canonsburg, PA / Peters Township) who finished runner-up in the individual standings with a two-day total of 148 (69, 79). Bell earned his second-straight first team citation (third overall) and his second-straight runner-up finish at the PAC Tournament. Graduate transfer Brendan Shaughnessy (Canonsburg, PA / Bishop Canevin) fired the lowest round of the day with a two-under par round of 70, accumulating a two-day total of 149 (79, 70) to finish solo-third. Shaughnessy earned his fourth All-PAC honor and his second-straight first team mark. Senior Jonny Stuckert (Pittsburgh, PA / North Hills) earned All-PAC First Team status for the first time (second all-conference honor overall) after finishing tied for fourth with a two-day total of 151 (72, 79).
Sophomores Sam Napper (Mt Pleasant, PA / Mt Pleasant) and Calen Cummins (Allison Park, PA / Hampton) each were named to the All-PAC Second Team. Napper earned all-conference honors for the first time after tying for sixth place with a two-day score of 154 (75, 79). Cummins finished one shot behind Napper with a two-day total of 155 (77, 78), good enough for solo-eighth. Cummins earned his second-straight all-conference honor.
To top off the individual awards, Head Coach Matt Torrence earned PAC Coach of the Year honors for the first time at the helm of the men's team.
The field for this year's Division III Men's Golf Championships is scheduled to be announced Wednesday, May 5. The Division III Championships are scheduled for Tuesday-Friday, May 11-14 and will be contested at the Oglebay Golf Course in Wheeling, W.Va. Championship rounds will be played at the Speidel Golf Club on the Arnold Palmer Course and the Robert Trent Jones, Sr. Course.
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*Written by Mike Boucher, Sports Information Graduate Assistant