Spartans win fifth consecutive Region XIII and MCAC Championships
2015 Spartan Golf Team
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L to R: Head Coach Jason Retzlaff, Nick Kress, Will Tickel, Cameron Kemen, Chris Swenson, Mason Landborg, Kyle Boe, Assistant Coach Jeff Haukos
July 12, 2016
Spartan golf coach Jason Retzlaff has announced that golfers Nick Kress of North Branch and Will Tickel of Hawley have committed to competing for Minnesota State Community and Technical College.
Kress, a four-time all-conference golfer and a graduate of North Branch High School, competed at the varsity level as a seventh grader and earned all-conference honorable mention as an eighth grader.
Tickel, a graduate of Hawley High School, earned all-conference honors three times and shot a low round of 70 during his high school career.
"Will and Nick are both great additions to our golf program," Retzlaff said. "After seeing both of them play, they strike the ball very well, they play smart and they have a calm demeanor on the course that serves them well. It will be fantastic to get them in Spartan blue."
M State's golf team finished third at the NJCAA Division III National Golf Championship in June and has finished in the top five nationally for five consecutive years.
June 11, 2016
With their third place finish in the 2016 NJCAA National Championship at Chautauqua, N.Y., on Friday, the M State Spartan golf team has now finished in the top five nationally for the fifth consecutive year.
The Spartans shot a final round of 301 on June 10 for a tournament total of 1219, behind first-place finisher Vincennes University (1198) and second-place Georgia Northwestern Tech (1213).
Chris Swenson (7th place individually) and Ryan Ames (9th place individually) both earned 2nd team All American honors.
On Friday, the last round of the four-day tournament, Levi Soydara tied his low round of the year with a 75, and all five of the Spartan scores were 78 or under.
"What an incredible season it was for an outstanding group of young men. They played national champion caliber golf all season long. Unfortunately there were two teams that played better than we did this week. They fought hard all four days on a course that has as difficult greens as you will find, and to finish third in the nation is a great accomplishment," said Spartan coach Jason Retzlaff. "Not only has this team broken numerous records on the golf course, they have also done a wonderful job representing our college off the course and in the classroom. It truly is a privilege to coach this group of young men.
"Chris Swenson and Ryan Ames both had outstanding tournaments. They are two special golf talents who have led us all season long. It's pretty cool to now be able to call them All-Americans.
"Levi Soydara had a great round today that had the potential to be even lower. It took a lot of toughness to bounce back after a tough round (Thursday) and finish off the year in such a great fashion.
"Joey Manthis and Frank Lundquist have had a great run the last two years, playing at this tournament twice. Joey, along with Chris and Ryan, are some of the best players we have had in our program. Frank has been one of the most clutch players we have had, including some great performances in the region tournament. They have really left their mark on Spartan golf."
The Spartans finished the season with a team scoring average of 303.7, breaking the previous school record set in 2013-14 by nearly nine shots.
M State individual place and four-day results:
7. Chris Swenson 300 (77-75-71-77) - 2nd team All-American
9. Ryan Ames 302 (78-78-73-73) - 2nd team All-American
20. Joey Manthis 310 (77-81-76-76)
T27. Frank Lundquist 315 (77-80-80-78)
T49. Levi Soydara 324 (85-76-88-75)
M State has now finished in the top five nationally for the fifth consecutive year: first in 2012, fourth in 2013, fifth in 2014, fourth in 2014 and third in 2016.
Jason Retzlaff (left) and Jeff Haukos
May 5, 2016
For the fifth year in a row, Spartan golf coach Jason Retzlaff has been named Coach of the Year by the Minnesota College Athletic Association and Region XIII.
Retzlaff's award follows his team's 4th place finish in the NJCAA National Championship in June 2015. Spartan golfers also won the MCAC and Region XIII titles in the fall of 2015 and will compete again in the national championship in New York in June.
Retzlaff is in his 12th season as head golf coach at Minnesota State Community and Technical College, where he is also an instructor and co-athletic director.
In receiving the award, Retzlaff commended Jeff Haukos for his work as volunteer assistant coach for the Spartan golf team over the past 11 years.
"What a great job he's done," Retzlaff said. "I'd like to recognize Jeff, too."
The M State Spartans claimed fourth place, only six shots behind champion Vincennes University, in the 2013 National Junior College Athletic Association Division III tournament in Chataugua, N.Y.
The Spartans' Brandon Sletmoen received first-team All-American honors with a three-day score of 224 and a Top 5 finish. Lucas Gervais finished in the Top 7 and was awarded second-team All-American honors.
The Spartans, coached by Jason Retzlaff, finished only two shots out of second place in the tournament and one shot out of third. The M State golfers were returning to the tournament as defending national champions after claiming first place in 2012.
"I'm very proud of our team and the tremendous season we had," Retzlaff said. "Our guys have great team chemistry, and we had incredible support from family and friends who traveled to New York to cheer us on."
The tournament ends the Spartan careers of Gervais and teammate Taylor Shuck, who led the team to a national championship, two regional and conference titles and this year's fourth place national tournament finish.
The M State Spartan golfers became national champions by winning the 2012 National Junior College Athletic Association Division III tournament at Chautaugua Golf Club in Chautaugua, N.Y. The tournament wrapped up Friday, June 8, with the Spartans shooting a four-day total of 1,224, 18 strokes under second-place Jamestown Community College of New York.
M State's Lucas Gervais finished fourth in the tournament with a four-round score of 298, 10 strokes over the first-place winner. His Spartan teammates were Taylor Shuck (10th), Mitch Thorsen (16th), Alex Miller (tied for 34th) and Tyler Brackey (tied for 38th).
Gervais was named First Team All-American, and Shuck won Second Team All-American recognition. M State Coach Jason Retzlaff was named Coach of the Tournament.
"What an incredible week for an outstanding group of young men," said Retzlaff. "They played with such great poise for all four days. We had confidence that, if we played well, the championship was within our reach, and the guys went out and got it. It was a true team effort."
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