April 21, 2010

Courtesy of North Alabama Athletics

The University of North Alabama golf team dominated play Tuesday on its way to a second straight Gulf South Conference golf championship. The Lions entered the final round with a 10-stroke lead over Arkansas Tech and finished with a commanding 26-stroke margin over West Florida and Valdosta State. UNA’s 855 total was the second lowest 54-hole total in the history of the GSC Tournament, second only to Nicholls State’s 850 in 1979.

UNA’s Brett Munson took medalist honors with a 12-under-par, 204 total after firing rounds of 69, 67 and 68. His 54-hole total was the lowest individual score in GSC Tournament history. Lion teammate Jake Greer was Munson’s closest competition with a 210 total. Greer had three straight rounds of 70. Munson becomes the fourth UNA golfer to become the GSC Medalist. Current UNA coach Stuart Clark was the first in 1996. North Alabama’s James Porter won the event in 2005 and Daniel Creel in 2007.

“We wanted to go out today and seal the deal,” said Clark. “We had a 10-stroke lead and we wanted to finish strong and these guys left no doubt today. I would have to say winning by 26 strokes was sealing the deal.”

North Alabama won its first-ever GSC golf title in 2009 after 38 years in the league.

The GSC title was the third straight tournament win overall for the Lions this spring.

Munson and Greer made the All-GSC Tournament team. UNA’s Andrew Freeman tied for eighth at 219 and Alex Hirai tied for 16th at 223.

“These guys have worked their tails off all year,” said Clark. “They have worked and worked and worked and it paid off for them today.”

UNA will now turn its attention to the NCAA Division II Regional Tournament where the Lions are also the defending champions.