Guilford wins record 13th Old Dominion title; Ratner gets medalist honors
CAPE CHARLES, Va. –- Guilford won a league-record 13th Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) men's golf championship Tuesday at the Bay Creek Resort & Lodge.
The sixth-ranked Quakers shot 305-320-289 and won their third consecutive title by 23 strokes against second-place Randolph-Macon (316-324-297-937). Hampden-Sydney (320-307-323-950) finished third.
With their third tournament victory of the season, Guilford earned the ODAC's berth in the NCAA Division III Championships May 14-17 at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Destin, Fla. The Quakers will be making their league-record 18th NCAA appearance.
Guilford posted the low round on two of three days and placed all five contestants among the top-15 finishers. Senior Noah Ratner, who earned his league-record third ODAC Player of the Year Award Monday night, took home medalist honors for the first time this season. The defending DIII player of the year shot 73-81-70-224 for his fifth career title. Sophomore teammate Drew Thompson birdied the first three holes Tuesday and finished second at 77-81-71-229. Guilford's Dallas Page was fifth at 79-80-73-232. The top-six finishers in the 50-man field earned all-tournament recognition.
Ratner rebounded from his highest score in 64 rounds (81) to post the tournament's low mark and one of only two subpar rounds in the 54-hole event. Despite cold and windy conditions for the third day in a row, he carded a two-under 70 Tuesday on the 6,987-yard layout on Virginia's Eastern Shore. Ratner holed out for an eagle on the par-5 first hole and made the turn at even-par. He played the back nine at 2-under par and cruised to a five-stroke victory, the tournament's largest margin since 2009.
Sophomore Travis Tolbert recorded Guilford's fourth score Tuesday with a three-over 75, 15 strokes better than his second-round score. He finished 15th overall, three places behind teammate Nick Shedd, who shared 12th place with an 82-78-79-239.
Coach Corey Maggard's team is ranked sixth in the April 17 Golfstat.com Division III Head-to-Head Standings and seventh in the April 22 edition of the Golf World/Nike Golf Division III Coaches' Poll.