News: CCU Men's Golf Wins National Title

CCU Men's Golf Wins National Title

Colorado Christian Claims the First NCAA National Title in School History

A memorable season came to a close on Saturday for the Cougars as they faced off with North Georgia for the National Championship. The two teams battled to the very end, but it was Colorado Christian who showed the poise and grittiness at the end to claim the school's first national title. 

Bradley Mulder faced off against the Nighthawks Noah Zediker and battled to the very end. The freshman carded a solid round of 72, but fell by two strokes. Xavier Bighaus followed with a 70, but ended up falling by one stroke. 

Dylan Arthur was the first to finish, carding a great round of 67 to down his opponent by five strokes. Peyton Jones was calm, cool and collected throughout, posting a score of 70 to comfortably take down his competition. It all came down to the final pairing of Adam Duncan and Will Chambless as the two talented golfers pushed each other to the very end. 

Up by one stroke headed to the 18th hole, Duncan did exactly what he needed to do, getting onto the green in two. With the Cougar faithful holding their breath in anticipation, Duncan calmly stepped up and sunk a beautiful putt from distance to birdie the hole and clinch the national championship for his team. Duncan ended up winning his matchup by two strokes as the final match play tally finished at 3-2 over an excellent and worthy opponent in North Georgia. 

The national championship is not only the first that men's golf has ever earned, it is the first by any men's golf team in the history of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and the first national title in Colorado Christian Athletics history. It is also the first title at any level brought home by a Colorado-based golf team. 

"Built on a foundation of former players who have helped shape the culture which has made us who we are today," said Mark Hull, head coach. "So proud of all the guys who have made this program what it is today. What a great day for all of us."

The Cougars season was already a memorable one as they claimed four victories prior to the National Championships and won their first ever RMAC Championship. They have now reached the mountaintop of DII men's golf, claiming the title after a grueling 108 holes played in a five day span. The stamina and continued excellence showed a lot about this team and they used their skill and composure to defeat every opponent in their way.

Congratulations to Head Coach Mark Hull, Assistant Coach Stan Sayers and the entire Colorado Christian men's golf team on bringing home the school's first national championship.