SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Lewis won the 2011 Great Lakes Valley Conference Championship on Tuesday after the second day of the tournament at Panther Creek Country Club was rained out.

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The Flyers won the tournament by seven shots over second-place Northern Kentucky.

“It’s awesome to set your number one goal at the start of the year to win conference and then accomplish it,” head coach Skip Steffey said. “It was a great team victory and I’m proud of what they’ve done all year.”

Lewis’ 584 score is the lowest in GLVC history for a 36-hole championship. The previous low performance was Lewis’ 1986-87 score of 594.

Wisconsin-Parkside's Andrew Troyanek earned medalist honors with a 3-under 141. Troyanek opened the event with a 68 and finished his final round with a one-over 73.

Senior Casey Pyne led Lewis with a 142 (71-71). Pyne tied with Andrew Funk from Drury for second overall among the 70 entrants. Senior Logan Watts finished tied for fourth thanks to a 143 (69-74). Both earn All-GLVC honors.

“A championship and being named All-GLVC is a great way for Casey and Logan to finish at Lewis,” Steffey said.

The victory is Lewis' sixth GLVC Championship and first since 2003.

Lewis also earns an automatic berth in the NCAA Division II Men's Midwest/South Central Regional. The tournament will be held at Cherry Blossom Golf Course in Georgetown, Ky. on May 2-4.

“We’re excited to go to Cherry Blossom and compete for a chance at Nationals,” Steffey said. “All you can ask for is a chance and we’re excited about the opportunity.”

Lewis now leads the GLVC All-Sports Trophy standings. The Flyers have won GLVC Championships in men’s golf, women’s volleyball, women’s indoor track and field and women’s basketball this season.

GREAT LAKES VALLEY CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT: FINAL STANDINGS
Pos. School Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Total
1. Lewis 291 293 584
2. N. Kentucky 296 295 591
3. Drury 295 297 592
T4. Rockhurst 295 298 593
T4. Missouri-St. Louis 295 298 593
T6 Indianapolis 297 298 595
T6. Bellarmine 300 295 595
8. Wisconsin-Parkside 297 303 600
9. Southern Indiana 316 299 615
10. Illinois-Springfield 308 313 621
T11. Quincy 311 312 623
T11. Kentucky Wesleyan 323 300 623
13. St. Joseph's Co. (Ind.) 332 322 654