Salt Fork product claims NJCAA golf title
SCOTTSBORO, Ala. — Parkland College sophomore David Keenan made history Friday.
Keenan carded a 1-under-par 71 at Goose Pond Colony to win the NJCAA Division II tournament, becoming the first Cobras golfer to accomplish the feat.
“Winning the individual title exceeds my wildest expectations,” said Keenan, a Salt Fork product. “I played well this year but for some reason struggled in the opening rounds of several tournaments. I knew after the 66 on Tuesday and the 70 on Wednesday that I had put myself in a position to win the title. I want to thank my family, coaches and teammates for their support. It’s an amazing feeling to be
Parkland’s first national champion in golf.”
Keenan, who finished at 8 under par, won the tournament by 5 strokes after entering the final round 1 stroke behind the leader.
Four players tied for second at 3 under par.
Keenan’s 71 on Friday was one of seven scores under par on a cool, breezy day.
Third-round leader Steve Souchek, who carded a 66 on Thursday to take the lead, shot a final-round 81.
Besides winning the individual title, Keenan earned All-America honors.
Parkland’s Lyle Burns tied for 52nd after shooting a 75 on Friday. Fellow Region 24 entries Jake Schneider (Illinois Central College) was 11th, Souchek (John A. Logan) was 12th and Rend Lake’s Dayton Jones was 19th.
South Mountain (Ariz.) College had four players in the top 10 and ran away with the team title, outscoring runner-up Walters State and third-place John A. Logan by 19 and 31 strokes, respectively.