Rams Slide to Eighth on Final Day of UMAC Championship

Justin Johnson was the top finisher for North Central with a 20th place result at the 2017 UMAC Championship.
Justin Johnson was the top finisher for North Central with a 20th place result at the 2017 UMAC Championship.

ALEXANDRIA, Minn.-- Men's Golf wrapped up their fall season on Saturday with the final round of the 2017 Upper Midwest Athletic Conference Championship. After holding seventh place after the first two days, the Rams slid to an eighth place final team finish over the last 18 holes.

All four of the Rams top players posted one of their best rounds of the year during the tournament but could they could not manage to card those numbers consistantly over the 54-hole championship. Overall, junior Justin Johnson (Burnsville, Minn./Burnsville) was the top finisher putting together rounds of 80-81-82 (243, +27) to place 20th individually with the Rams' most consistant play. 

D.J. O'Brien (Scandia, Minn./Chisago Lakes) was the Rams top player on day three with an 81 but his opening two rounds of 84-89 held him back in a tie for 28th place. Freshman Noah Gross (Loganville, Ga./Archer) was the third scorer after posting an 82 on day one but posted consecutively bigger numbers of 85-89 on the last two days to finish 31st. Sophomore Ben Majerle (Little Falls, Minn./Little Falls) rounded out the top four with a 38th place finish.

After two days the Rams were in seventh and just four strokes out of sixth but had to settle for eighth, an improvement over last year's ninth place finish. NCU was just five strokes back of seventh place Martin Luther College (New Ulm, Minn.). The College of St. Scholastica (Duluth, Minn.) won the team title and the UMAC automatic berth in the NCAA Division III National Tournament in May. Joey Cummings of the University of Wisconsin-Superior (Superior, Wis.) was the individual champion, posting rounds of 73-74-75 (+6) to win by four strokes.