ACCC golfers wrap up play at nationals

Register Sports Editor

Chris Grause

Sophomores Chris Grause and Andrew Rogers finished up their golfing careers at Allen County Community College playing in their second straight NJCAA Division II National Golf Tournament.
Grause, who is from Topeka, led the Red Devils on the links for two years. The two-time NJCAA Division II Region VI champion put together a top 30 performance in the 2009 NJCAA Division II National Golf Tournament.
“Chris played very well and consistent golf for the whole tournament,” said Mike Hayes, ACCC golf coach. “His final round 72 was the best score he shot in two years at Allen.”
Grause finished the tournament on the Goose Pond Colony golf course at Scottboro, Ala., with a 296, which was eight over par for 72-hole tournament. The tournament was May 19-22.
Grause ended up in a tie for 22nd. He improved from a 115th placing a year ago in the national tournament.
“Chris was two under par (72) after 11 holes in the third round but had some difficutly finishing the round,” Hayes said. “They always list the top 10 scores for each round and his par 72 in the fourth round was in that list.”
Grause shot rounds of 75-75-74-72. Unfortunately for Grause only the top 15 players earn NJCAA All-America recognition. That changes next year to the top 26 scores.
Rogers finished in a tie with teammate Nick Agnew, a freshman, for 109th place. They both shot 327 for the tournament. Last year, Rogers, who is from Kansas City, Mo., finished 120th.
Rogers’ rounds were 80-81-85-81. Agnew, from Topeka, shot rounds of 81-80-82-84.
David Griffin of Rend Lake (Ill.) College took individual top honors although two other golfers also carded a final 283. Griffin opened the tournament with a round of 66, which was the lowest score of the tournament.
Jin Chung of Darton (Ga.) College had two rounds of 69 finishing second. Brian Affleck of Potomac (W.Va.) State College had a 68 in the third round and took third place.
John A. Logan (Ill) College was team champion with a total of 1,161. That was three strokes better than Darton College.