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VU Golf caps off historic season with Region 12 runner-up finish


MIDDLETOWN, Ohio – The Vincennes University Golf Team finished in the runner-up position at the NJCAA Div. III Region 12 Golf Tournament over the weekend. The second place finish leaves the Trailblazers out of the NJCAA Div. III National Tournament early next month in Chautauqua, NY, but it also caps off an outstanding, record-breaking won-loss season for the program.

The 2015 VU Golf Region 12 Tournament Team was made up of (l-r): Austin Leonard, Alex Halter, John Glenn, Palmer Hill, Cameron Weyer, Coach Dennis Chattin and Jacob Bartley (Photo courtesy of Coach Dennis Chattin).

VU finished the tournament with a team score of 922, 34 strokes behind Region 12 champion Cincinnati State’s 888. Schoolcraft finished third with a team score of 1005.

Freshman Jacob Bartley earned a spot on the All-Region 12 Team after he carded a 228 to finish in a fourth place tie, individually. VU Coach Dennis Chattin said Bartley’s performance was highlighted by his round of even-par 72 on the final day of play.

Despite the season ending, Chattin said he couldn’t be more proud of his team.

“We had a tough Saturday when we played the 36-hole rounds,” he said. “But I was pleased with the way our guys kept it together and played our best round, even though we were down after the first day.

“This was a great team that won the most regular-season tournaments (four) of any team I’ve coached, and I want to point out that (sophomore) Austin Leonard completed a great two years (of VU golf) and he will be missed not only because of his play on the course, but for his character and leadership of this team, ” Chattin continued. “Unfortunately, we ran into a very good Cincinnati State team that probably played its best golf of the year, at the right time, so we have to give them credit for that.”

Chattin said VU may eventually be the team that was stopped the 2015 NJCAA Div. III national champion, further cementing the latest edition of the Trailblazers as one of the country’s top Div. III programs.

“Unfortunately, the way the regions are set up, we’re only allowed to send one team to the national championship,” he said. “(Cincinnati State) will have an excellent chance of winning it. Even though we don’t do rankings in ‘D-3’ golf, I’m confident that both Cincinnati State and VU are among the top five (programs) in the country.”

VU’s Region 12 Tournament scores were:
    PLAYER                     R1    R2    R3        TOTAL
·    Jacob Bartley            80    76    72          228
·    Alex Halter                72     82    75          229
·    Austin Leonard         75     78    76          229
·    Cameron Weyer       78     80    79          237
·    John Glenn               81     83    78          242
·    Palmer Hill                80     87    84           251

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