Golf Team Going To Nationals


Maryville University’s men’s golf team has received an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Men’s Golf Championships, to be held May 15-18, in Carmel, Ind.

The team earned the bid by posting a three-round score of 899 to claim the 2007 St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) Championship, a title that has eluded the Saints since the 2001 season. They held a 16-stroke lead after the first day of action and gained one stroke in the final round to finish 17 strokes ahead of Webster University in second place.

Sophomore Nick Profancik was crowned the individual champion after shooting a one-under par 215 for the tournament. He had rounds of 70-72-73 to place first out of 34 players competing. Profancik was awarded First Team All-Conference honors and SLIAC Player of the Year for his efforts.

Maryville’s Chris Dale finished third with a 220 total (71-76-73) to also earn First Team All-SLIAC while Tony Skurat and Dean Gauch were named Second Team All-SLIAC. Skurat tied for seventh place with rounds of 71-78-84 for a 233 total. Gauch placed ninth after scoring rounds of 78-79-78 for a 235 total. Jordan Lampkin rounded out Maryville’s squad with rounds of 79-80-80 to tie for 14th place.

It is the first time the Saints men’s golf team has qualified for the NCAA Championships but the second time they will participate in the tournament. Maryville participated in the 2001 NCAA Championships when they hosted the event at Persimmon Woods Golf Club in Weldon Springs, Mo.