CHAUTAUQUA, N.Y. — When the final putt dropped on the 2019 NJCAA Division III Golf Championships at Chautauqua Golf Club, freshman Joe Cayer of Madison College had placed his name among the 10 best golfers in the nation.
The former Madison La Follette golfer shot a closing 78 to finish alone in ninth place 22-over-par 310 and earn second-team All-American status. The WolfPack capped off the four-day tournament in western New York by finishing last in the 11-team field after shooting a 348 in the final round for a 1,394 total.
Connor Rufenacht completed his week with a fourth consecutive round in the 80's as the Verona native shot 86 for 72-hole total of 341. The freshman was tied for 61st overall.
Freshman Harrison Ernstmeyer of Reedsburg shot 90 to finish 80th at 363. Freshman Cole Salzman of Lodi shot 94 to finish 84th at 380.
"I'm so proud of the effort, work, and focus our team demonstrated over four grueling days at the national tournament," first year WolfPack coach Glenn Eichstedt said. "Our goal this week was to continue building for the future by trying to play our most competitive rounds of golf, while getting a feel for what the national tournament course is like and what it takes to be among the best, and I think we accomplished that. Obviously, Joe put forth a tremendous week to finish in the top 10 and earn all-American honors. He and the rest of the WolfPack represented Madison College well and have the program on the right track."
Georgia Military College narrowly won the national title, besting Sandhills Community College (N.C.) by one single stroke and third place Minnesota State Community & Technical College by six shots. The individual title went to Trey Capps of Sandhills with a 4-over-par 292 (77-73-70-72), six shots ahead of second place Dusty Watts from Georgia Military.