Kirkwood’s Carson Whittington
Sophomore Carson Whittington finishes second individually at nationals
Plymouth, Ind. (May 31, 2016)-The Kirkwood men’s golf team finished second in the nation after a strong showing at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II Men’s Golf Championship.
Kirkwood was tied with Tyler Junior College (Texas) at the end of the four-day tournament, which forced both teams into a one-hole playoff. The Eagles bested Tyler by one stroke to claim the second spot.
Individually, Kirkwood sophomore Carson Whittington also finished in second place after finishing the 72-hole tournament at 6-under overall. At the end of the four days, Whittington was tied for the best score individually. However, he lost a two-hold playoff for the individual championship.
Whittington was also named first team All-American while freshmen Charlie Hartwig and Jordan Even earned second team All-American and honorable mention All-American honors respectively.
The second place finish ends one of the best seasons in the history of the Kirkwood golf program. The Eagles were ranked all year and finished the regular season with a record of 65-6. The team also claimed the Region XI championship and many players earned numerous awards. Hartwig and Whittington were named to the Ping All-West Region team.
Kirkwood Head Golf Coach Darin Pint is a finalist for the Dave Williams National Coach of the Year Award. The winner will be announced later this summer.
NJCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championship Results:
Carson Whittington: 72-71-73-66=282
Charlie Hartwig: 71-76-70-75=292
Jordan Even: 79-73-69-75=296
Eddie Doyle: 75-74-70-78=297
Louis Flynn: 77-72-76-75=300
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