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William Woods Men’s Golf Wins AMC Championship By 25-Strokes

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.—The No. 3-ranked William Woods University men’s golf team is American Midwest Conference (AMC) Champions once again, after they scored a 22-over par 886 (296-297-293), over the two-day event.

In rounds one and two, they scored a day best 296 and 297, while today on the Dalhousie Course, the team shot an even better 5-over par 293.

Missouri Baptist University shot a 47-over par 911 (305-299-307), for second place, while Lindenwood University-Belleville, finished in third, at 54-over par 918 (306-310-302). Freed-Hardeman University shot 77-over par for fourth, while Columbia College rounded out the top five, at 99-over par.

Individually, sophomore Billy McKenzie won the event overall, as he scored a 1-over par 73 on the day and finished with a 5-over par 221 (70-78-73), to claim the title.

Another sophomore, Matt Wells, moved up five spots on the leaderboard, after shooting an even-par 72, to finish at 7-over par 223 (77-74-72), for second place. Senior Julian Taylor (79-72-74) and sophomore David Houlding (72-73-80), both tied for fourth, after the duo shot a 9-over par 225.

Senior Stan Gautier, meanwhile, made a big jump up the leaderboard, seven spots to be exact, as he totaled a round best for himself, at 2-over par (74), to finish in a tie for 12th, scoring a 17-over 233 (77-82-74).

At the conclusion of the AMC Tournament, more accolades were handed out for the Owls, as Houlding was named AMC Player of the Year, while Gautier, collected Newcomer of the Year honors. Also, Alasdair McDougall was named AMC Freshman of the Year and head coach Barry Dotyearned AMC Coach of the Year.

The All-AMC team was dominated with Owls, as Houlding, McKenzie, Gautier, Wells, McDougall and Taylor, were named to the first team.

With the win, the Owls have now earned an automatic bid to the NAIA National Championship, which will take place in Daytona Beach, Florida, from May 19th through the 22nd.

Fans make sure to stay updated on wwuowls.com in the coming weeks for a full preview of the National Tournament.

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