(SCOTTSBORO, ALA) - The Meridian Community College golf team fired a 293 team score in the final round of the 8th Annual Spring Fling College Classic and came up just one stroke short of three time NJCAA national champion-Datron (GA) College.
MCC used 1-over par rounds from freshmen Cory Williamson and Garrett Westbrook as the duo shot rounds of 72 on the final day.
Sophomores Clay Bounds and Jarrod Moulds continued their steady play this week as Moulds fired a 3-over par 74 and Bounds shot a 4-over par 75.
Tanner Sparks shot a final round 5-over par 76 for MCC.
"It was a great effort for the guys to play with the top teams in the nation," said MCC coach Sean Covich.
"We proved to ourselves that we belong on the national scene and can compete with anyone, but still this one hurts a little losing by just one shot."
Darton won the team championship shooting 875 (292-292-291). MCC claimed runner-up with 875 (286-297-293). Tyler (TX) was third with 877 (292-293-292), South Mountain (AZ) was fourth with 879 (288-296-295) and Central Alabama rounded out the top five with a 883 (296-296-291).
The effort was MCC's fourth runner-up finish of the season and third in the last four events.
"We're continuing to put ourselves in position to win and that's what you have to do this time of the year," said Covich.
"The 286 was our best since 2007 and this tournament was our best effort of the year."
Westbrook ended the event at 3-over par shooting 72-72-72 and finished in a tie for fourth place. Westbrook earned his third All Tournament team honor of the year.
Clay Bounds (66-77-75) and Jarrod Moulds (74-70-74) both finished 5-over for the event and in a tie for ninth place.
Cory Williamson finished 12-over par for the event shooting 75-78-72 and tied for 30th.
Tanner Sparks finished with a 15-over par total using rounds of 74-78-76 to finish in 40th place.
Over 133 college golfers participated in the 54 hole event held at the 7,063 yard long, par 71 Goose Pond Golf Course. 24 teams representing 10 different states competed in the event.
MCC will take a break and their next action will be in April when they play in the NJCAA District V Championship at Terri Pines Country Club in Cullman, Ala.