N. Alabama wins Argonaut Invitational
Win is sixth in past seven tournament appearances for Lions
For the sixth time in its last seven tournament appearances the University of North Alabama golf team picked up a win, taking first place at the Argonaut Invitational by 17 strokes.
The Lions, ranked No. 5 nationally in the NCAA Division II, had rounds of 284, 296 and 275 for an 855, nine-under-par total. Host West Florida, ranked No. 9 in the nation, was a distant second at 872 in the eight-team tournament.
Individually, the Lions top four golfers finished second, third, fourth and seventh. Ty Chandler was second with a four-under-par 212. He was three stokes back of West Florida's Carlos Rodriguez. Ricky Stimets was third at 213, Tyler Ekenberg fourth at 215, Jake Greer seventh at 219 and Blaise Wilson 14th at 221. Three Lions also played as individuals. Graham Byron had his best tournament as a Lion, finishing seventh with a 219 total. Nick Sparks was 11th at 220 and David Janney 32nd at 227.
The Lions have won of the five tournaments they have played this spring, and won their last two tournaments of the 2011 fall season. So far this spring UNA won the Mardi Gras Invitational in New Orleans, the Southeastern Collegiate in Valdosta, Ga., the Jim Bishop Toyota Spring Classic in Ford City, Ala., and the Argonaut Invitational in Pensacola, Fla. The only tournament the Lions did not win this spring was the Bobcat Intercollegiate at Cuscowilla, Ga., finishing seventh out of 17 teams. The Lions have a remarkable 60-6 head-tohead record this spring.
The Lions will have three weeks off before competing at the 2012 Gulf South Conference Championships at Timberline Golf Course in Calera, Ala.