With storms predicted for Tuesday, Monday’s play at the Summit League men’s golf championships was doubled to 36 holes to complete play in two days.
Down a couple of strokes in the team standings after the first round, the Denver Pioneers overcame the cold and windy conditions to claim the title Monday at Sand Creek Station.
The Pioneers had a three-round team score of 874, 10 over par. Denver topped both South Dakota and South Dakota State by 15 strokes. Oral Roberts and North Dakota State each finished 16 strokes back at 890.
“That was interesting,” Denver coach Erik Billinger said of Monday’s extra round. “That caught us a little off guard last night. But we had to do it because of the storms coming in. I knew if we could get momentum, it would help. It was a long, 36-hole day. We played this north wind before, so that helped. It was pretty tight until the last nine holes. We were fortunate to play well at the end.”
There was a four-way tie for top medalist at 3-over-par 219 between Esteban Missura of Denver, Cal McCoy of Denver, Andrew Israelson of North Dakota State and Cody Burrows of Oral Roberts.
McCoy, a freshman, won the playoff to claim the individual title.
“It was a battle out there,” McCoy said. “It was a good time, but it was a little nerve wracking out there. You just had to get through it. It was really cold, and that took a lot out of you. When you think you’re out of it, you’re really not. We did a good job that last day.”
McCoy came to Denver from the suburb of Highland Ranch, where he was a three-time Colorado Class 5A state champion.
The tournament was his first collegiate win.
“It’s been awesome,” McCoy said. “I have my family. I have my friends. I have my siblings for support.”
Denver qualifies for the NCAA regionals next week for the 10th time in school history, but the first time since 2011.
“We’ll find out Wednesday,” Billinger said. “The Golf Channel will announce it. It will be excited to see where we go. We haven’t gone in my time as a head coach. It’s been a long time since the team has gone. You just have to play well there. You can’t have any bad rounds. It’s 12 teams for five spots (in the NCAA finals).”
“We’re all looking forward to it,” McCoy said. “It will be a great time. I just need to play my game and stay in the moment.”
Denver’s win gave the Pioneers a sweep at the Summit League. The DU women won at Sand Creek Station last week.
“That means a lot,” Billinger said. “You play a lot for the school. They really supported us this year. It’s fun to bring it back to the university.”
Sunday and Monday
Sand Creek Station
Par 72, 6,931 yards
South Dakota State;290-301-298—889
North Dakota State;300-294-296—890
Purdue Fort Wayne;299-310-291—900
1. Cal McCoy Den.-x;74-72-73—219
T2. Esteban Missura Den.;74-73-72—219
T2. Andrew Israelson NDS;73-72-74—219
T2. Cody Burrows ORU;70-74-75—219
5. Dustin Hasley ORU;73-72-75—220
T6. Carson Griggs Den.;73-76-72—221
T6. Nate Deziel NDS;75-67-79—221
T8. Jones Comerford SDS;76-75-71—222
T8. Tom Vining SD:79-71-72—222
T8. John Sand Den.;77-73-72—222
T8. Scott Fudenberg SD:70-75-77—222
T12. Nick Kagy Oma.;75-77-71—223
T12. Zach Schroeder71-81-71—223
T12. Witchayapat Sinsrang Oma.;76-75-72—223
T12. Jacob Otta SDS;73-75-75—223
T16. Clark Tiller PFW;77-74-73—224
T16. Jackson Howes ORU;72-76-76—224
T18. Lucas Johnson NDS;77-77-71—225
T18. Van Holmgren NDS;75-78-72—225
T18. Jacob Michel SD:78-73-74—225
T21. Matt Tolan SD:74-80-72—226
T21. Thirawat Chantrakantanond Oma.;78-74-74—226
T21. Joshua Keating PFW;78-74-74—226
T21. Cole Christain Oma.;75-75-76—226
T25. Kyle Irlbacker WI;78-78-71—227
T25. Eric Hagen Den.;71-84-72—227
T25. Jackson Wetherbee WI;77-75-75—227
T25. Hunter Laughlin ORU;75-77-75—227
T25. Jared Nicolls SDS;68-75-84—227
30. Alejandro Perazzo SDS;73-76-79—228
31. Patrick Traynor ND;76-77-76—229
T32. Jonah Dohrer SDS;80-77-73—230
T32. Callahan Elzey PFW;73-84-73—230
T34. Wyatt Spier WI;75-82-75—232
T34. Tate Arends SD:76-77-79—232
36. Ryan Riihinen ND;81-78-75—234
T37. Eric Brinker PFW;80-81-74—235
T37. Jeremy Kirk ND;80-79-76—235
39. Parker Govern WI;84-82-74—240
40. Jackson Ward ND;81-82-78—241
41. Jordan Smith ND;83-83-77—243
42. Grayson Jones ORU;76-83-86—245
43. John Duggan WI;82-84-80—246
T44. Sam Musch Oma.;83-82-82—247
T44. Will Holmgren NDS;80-84-83—247