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ERUA Golf Wins Conference Championship

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Prescott’s Embry-Riddle men’s golf team used a great final two rounds at the Cal Pac tournament to pull away and earn an automatic bid at the NAIA National Championships. The Eagles have now won ­seven conference championships, including ­­the last two.

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Cameron Jones finished the tournament in second on the individual leaderboard and had the second-lowest score in the final round at 75 (+3). Jones shot a 75 in the second round as well and made a push toward the top of the leaderboard on Wednesday.

Trevor Lewis had been battling all tournament long, fighting through adversity to enter Wednesday tied for the lead before finishing fourth. The freshman put out a pair of excellent performances in the first two rounds, shooting a 76 and a 73 to match the eventual champion on Monday and Tuesday.

Tyler Macpherson ended tied for eighth on the individual leaderboard, and his excellent second round helped Embry-Riddle to jump out to a massive lead on Tuesday. Macpherson’s 73 on Tuesday was tied for the tournament’s best round, accomplished by five other golfers in three rounds as well, and jumped ten spots to enter the final round.

Connor Wallace made the biggest jump up the leaderboard on Wednesday, moving up eight spots to round out the top ten. Wallace’s tenth-place finish was helped by his 73 on Wednesday, which not only tied for the best round of the day, but of the entire tournament as well.

Alex Lasalarie guaranteed the Eagles would have all of its players in the top-15, as he finished 14th over the three rounds. Lasalarie jumped up four spots after round two, and solidified himself in the conference’s 15 best with a 78 and 80 in the last two days, respectively.

“This is what we have been working toward all year,” associate head coach Mike Haddow said. “We jumped out in the second round and played very well. We had adversity in the final round but we came through.”

The season will continue at the NAIA Championships in Moline, Ill. in the middle of May. The first round of the four-day event from TPC Deere Run will begin on Tuesday, May 17.

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