Third from left, Zachary Chegwidden placed first for the fifth time in his career
Third from left, Zachary Chegwidden placed first for the fifth time in his career
Men's Golf - Tue, Oct. 3, 2017

Polk City--Zachary Chegwidden (So., Essex, England, Business Management) signed off on three 'red' scorecards in leading the Statesmen men's golf team to an impressive effort at the Grand View Classic Monday and Tuesday.

William Penn placed third out of eight teams with a three-round score of 898 (306-297-295) at the par-71 Tournament Club of Iowa Golf Course.  Bellevue, which is unofficially 42nd in the nation, took the team crown at 891 (300-303-288), rallying past #8 Northwestern Ohio by one stroke.

Although the Statesmen did not take their third-straight tourney crown to start the year, WPU did defeat Heart of America Athletic Conference rivals #33 Grand View and #38 Mount Mercy.

Chegwidden had a huge part in the bronze finish as he topped the 54-person field with three scores under par.  The sophomore, who won by eight shots, was eight strokes under par at 205, tallying rounds of 70-66-69.  His five-under 66 is one off the school record for lowest 18-hole score and lowest 18-hole score according to par.  The 66 is also a career low for him.

Chegwidden did not break any 18-hole marks, but made easy work of the 54-hole record that he had already owned at six-under 210 from last April at the Baker Invitational.  The win is Chegwidden's fifth of his career and the first of the year.

The junior had some help in getting WPU into the first three as Sebastian Rulis (Sr., Helsingor, Denmark, Business Management) (T-14th) and Frederik Lundsgaard (Sr., Jebjerg, Denmark, History/Government) (T-18th) were also in the top 20.  Rulis tallied a 228 (77-79-72), while Lundsgaard finished at 230 (76-74-80).

Zach Swink (Sr., Burlington, Iowa, Sociology) tied for 28th at 238 (83-81-74) and Peter Frederiksen (Sr., Hornslet, Denmark, Mechanical Engineering) tied for 38th at 248 (87-78-83) to wrap up the varsity scoring.

Jordan Albert (So., Sigourney, Iowa, Biology) played as an individual, tying for 47th at 259 (85-88-86).

"Chegs (Zachary) showed again how good he can be," Head Coach Steve Tucker said.  "Our other guys struggled at times, but also had some very good scores.  This third place might actually be better than our two wins, considering the quality of the competition.  I am very happy with how the guys are competing!"

Next Up: William Penn travels to Fulton, Mo. next Monday and Tuesday to compete in the William Woods Invitational.  Play will be contested at Tanglewood Golf Course.