Men’s golf excels at national championship

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Bulldog Bryce Doughty, senior math education major, takes a practice swing during the NCCAA National Championships. Assistant coach Kody Alexander, left, looks on with teammate Hunter Travis, freshman accounting major. | Submitted Photo
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Bulldog Bryce Doughty, senior math education major, takes a practice swing during the NCCAA National Championships. Assistant coach Kody Alexander, left, looks on with teammate Hunter Travis, freshman accounting major. | Submitted Photo

Union’s men’s golf team finished in eighth place and had two members named All-American in the National Christian College Athletic Association Men’s Golf National Championships Oct. 21-23.

Union’s Bryce Doughty, senior elementary education major, and Hunter Travis, freshman accounting major, tied for fifth place and earned NCCAA All-American honors for finishing in the Top 10.

Both finished with a three-round total of 216.

“I knew that if I pushed through when it was tough, it could get better,” Doughty said. “If I gave up on myself, then I was also giving up on my teammates.”

Doughty shot 74 in the first round, 70 in the second round and 72 in the final round. Travis shot 70 in round one and 73 in rounds two and three.

The tournament took place at the Hombre Golf Club’s Bad and Ugly courses in Panama City, Fla., and featured 18 teams and 61 players.

Union finished with a three-round total of 913.

The team shot 299 in the first round, putting it in ninth place.

Union remained in ninth after shooting 306 in round two. In round three, the team shot 308 and moved up one spot to finish eighth.

Union finished 41 shots behind the first place winner, fellow Gulf South Conference newcomer Lee University.

This was the second straight Top 10 finish for Union’s men, who finished in second place last year.

“The biggest thing about this team is that it’s about more than just being on the golf course,” Doughty said. “It’s being a part of the kingdom of God.”

This was the final event of the fall season for the Union men.

The team will play next at the Spring Hill Classic March 3-4.

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