The Mount Vernon Nazarene College men's golf team rebounded from a tough first day to finish ninth out of 15 teams at the 1998 National Christian College Athletic Association national tournament played at the Arbor Hills Country Club.
Spring Arbor (MI) College, the host school, claimed its fourth straight NCCAA national tournament title with a two-day total of 599 to edge Malone College (608) by nine strokes. Lee (TN) University took third place with a 628, while Southern Wesleyan (SC) University was fourth with a 638.
The Cougars, who were in 11th place after posting a first-round total of 340 on Tuesday, improved by 23 strokes as MVNC fired a team total of 317 on Wednesday at the par-72 course.
Individually, Jeff Swihart of Spring Arbor earned medalist honors with a 146. After shooting a 76 on Tuesday, Swihart posted a two-under-par 70 over the final 18 holes on Wednesday. Malone's Greg Moss and Swihart's teammate Dave Page each recorded a 149 to tie for second place three shots back.
The Cougars were led by Matt Durst, who shot a 160 (85-75). Todd Mazur finished with a 162 (86-76), Sam McGraw posted a 167 (83-84), Steven Hesson recorded a 168 (86-82), and Chris Huff carded a 172 (86-86).
MVNC will return to action this weekend as the team continues its fall schedule at the Malone Invitational on Friday and Saturday.