Mount Union to Compete at NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championships; First Two Rounds Tuesday and Wednesday

Mount Union is making its third appearance in the last five years at the NCAA Men's Golf Championship.

Mount Union will compete this week at the NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championships at Grandover Resort in Greensboro, North Carolina.

History
It will be the third time the Purple Raiders will be at the national championships.  Mount Union went as a team in 2007 and 2008 while in 2009 Lucas Murray (Canton/Canton South) competed as an individual.  Mount Union finished 25th in 2007, 12th in 2008 while Murray placed 38th in 2009.

The Championship
The championship consists of 40 teams -- 28 of those teams like Mount Union won their respective conference titles and automatic bid, six spots were reserved for teams not from automatic qualifying conferences and the final six spots were national at-large bids.  Five individual golfers not from teams participating will also be invited to compete.

Two 18 hole rounds will be played Tuesday and Wednesday with the top 15 teams and six individuals not from those teams advancing to the final two rounds Thursday and Friday.

Head Coach Dan MacDuffie
In his seven years as head coach, Dan MacDuffie's teams have never finished worse than third in the OAC as he has led the Raiders to back-to-back conference titles in 2007 and 2008, back-to-back second place finishes in 2009 and 2010 prior to this year's title run.  MacDuffie is the 2008 and 2010 Ohio Athletic Conference Coach of the Year.

A native of Portland, Maine, MacDuffie earned his bachelor's degree in sport management from Massachusetts in 2000 and a master's degree in history from Washington (Md.) College in 2002. Before coming to Mount Union, MacDuffie was an assistant men's basketball coach and admissions counselor at Hiram College from 2003-04.  He also spent five years as an assistant men's basketball coach at Mount Union and is in his fifth season as the head women's golf coach for the Raiders.

Welcome Back
Mount Union senior Scott Miller (Wyckoff, N.J./Ramapo) returns to Greensboro this week.  Miller spent two years playing golf at Guilford College in Greensboro, which is the host for this week's championship.

Miller has a stroke average of 72.7 this season and claimed medalist honors at the OAC Championship with a conference-record best score of five under-par.  Included in that score was a career-low score of 67 in the first round.

Mount Union Lineup

Scott Miller (Sr., Wyckoff, N.J./Ramapo)

  • OAC Men's Golfer of the Week (3/29/11)

 

Cory Muller (Sr., Akron/Green)

  • Stroke Average - 77.3
  • Low Round - 73 (at Muskingum Spring Invitational)
  • OAC Men's Golfer of the Week (4/18/11)
  • 2010 All-OAC First Team after second place finish at OAC Championship

 

Steve Guerrieri (Sr., Canton/Massillon Jackson)

  • Stroke Average - 78.4
  • Low Round - 73 (twice - at Mount Union Fall Invite and OAC Championship)
  • 2011 All-OAC First Team after eighth place finish at OAC Championship

 

Jon Lieser (So., Minerva/Minerva)

  • Stroke Average - 77.0
  • Low Round - 72 (at OAC Championship)
  • 2011 All-OAC First Team after eighth place finish at OAC Championship

 

Ben Lehrke (Fr., North Ridgeville/Lutheran West)

  • Stroke Average - 77.3
  • Low Round - 72 (at Muskingum Fall Invitational where he was medalist
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