State College, PA - Fourteen Eastern Metro Athletic Conference golfers participated in the 2021 USCAA National Golf Championships on October 11th and 12th at the Penn State Blue Course in State College, PA. The three schools represented played two rounds on the 6,329 par 72 layout.
Mid-Atlantic Christian shot rounds of 342-347-689 to finish in 13th place out of 22 total teams. The Mustangs 342 in round 1 set a new school record, while two of their players also recorded personal bests. John Baker shot 81-78-159 to finish tied for 26th. Chandler Wilkes fired rounds of 84-83-167 to tie for 53rd, while Jack Valachovic shot 87-87-174, good enough for 74th place. Will Warren finished tied for 101st on the strength of rounds of 90-99-189.
The Apprentice School earned a top 10 finish with rounds of 330-328 to land in 8th place. Davey Grimm led the Builders with a pair of 78s for a 156 total that tied him for 19th place. Ethan Flanders shot 81-79-160 to tie for 31st place. William Graves recorded two rounds of 87-83-170 to finish tied for 63rd, while Zach Welch shot rounds of 84-88 for tied 67th place.
Johnson & Wales made an impressive first visit to the championships. The debutantes shot rounds of 311-299-610 to tie for 3rd place. The 299 total in round 2 was the best in the field, and also set a new school record for team low round score. Paul Ackerman shot rounds of 74-75-149 to finish 9th, and earn USCAA 2nd Team All-American honors. Ackerman was joined on the 2nd Team All-American squad by teammate Logan Jarrett. Jarrett finished tied for 13th after posting rounds of 80-72-152. His level par score in the second round is a new career low. Brycen Swain fired rounds of 78-76-154 to finish tied for 15th. Hunter Miller rounded out the counting scores for the Wildcats with rounds of 79-81-160, good enough for a tier for 31st. Kyle Duggan followed up a opening round 89 with a 76 in the second round, one of the better scores of the day. He vaulted nearly 40 spots up the leaderboard, finishing tied for 46th. JWU's Michaela Hawkins was one of eighteen women to compete in the tournament, and her scores of 84-88-172 placed her 7th among the female competitors.