May 19, 2017
SILVIS, Ill. – The Masters University golf team concluded its time at the 66th Annual Men's Golf National Championships at the TPC Deere Run Golf Club in Silvis, Illinois with a collective score of 1232 (305-316-294-317) and an 11th place finish.
Grand View University took home the national title with a final score of 1197 (296-315-291-295). From the Golden State Athletic Conference, William Jessup finished in eighth place with a score of 1230 (310-309-299-312), while Arizona Christian finished in 17th place at 1254 (297-323-307-327).
The Mustangs, who made their third straight (ninth overall) appearance at the national tournament, were led by Samuel Eisenhuth’s consistent play as the junior carded a final score of 303 (77-78-70-78) and a 19th place individual finish. Right behind Eisenhuth was senior Joseph Downey who capped off his brilliant collegiate career by finishing in 26th place with a final score of 305 (76-75-75-79). Josh Delo earned a final score of 311 (79-80-74-78), while Robert Penalber shot an overall score of 322 (82-83-75-82). Finally, Karsten Briley finished with a score of 330 (73-92-81-84).
“I told the guys before the tournament that I thought this team had an opportunity to have one of our best team finishes at the National Championship because of who they are as men and how they get along as a team,” commented TMU head coach Jason Semelsberger. “We were blessed to finish as high as any other team that I've coached. The men fought the weather and kept an excellent, grateful attitude through it all to the end. I'm pleased with how they did and it's a good end to our season. To Christ be the glory!”
Now, at the end of the season, the Mustangs return to Santa Clarita with the hopes of returning to the NAIA postseason next year with a roster loaded with talented veterans.
To review The Master’s University golf team’s 2016-17 season, click here.