BOONVILLE, Mo. – There were playoffs, playoffs and yet more playoffs after the final round of the 2017 Heart of America Athletic Conference Men’s Golf Championship on Tuesday here at Hail Ridge Golf Course. But when all the dust had settled – and there wasn’t much after eight inches of rain fell before the tourney – Grand View University captured the team title and the Vikings’ Mitch Pfingsten took Medalist honors. GVU clinched a spot in the NAIA National Championship with the win.

There was much excitement at the end of the third round when Pfingsten and William Penn University’s Zachary Chegwidden were tied with identical 1-under-par 212 scores. The two golfers went back out on the course to settle the matter, starting with the 10th hole. Pfingsten won the hole and the title. Chegwidden grabbed second, Sergio Garcia of Mount Mercy University shot a 3-over-par 216 to place third, Myles Pfingsten of Grand View and Hunter Baggett of Culver-Stockton College tied for the fourth spot with identical 9-over-par 222 scores.

Grand View won the team championship by eight strokes, shooting a 29-over-par 881. Mount Mercy and William Penn tied for second with 37-over-par 889 scores. They, too, played a one-hole playoff with top four scores from individual players being tallied. MMU claimed second in the playoff. Culvert-Stockton placed fourth with a 49-over-par 901 and Missouri Valley grabbed fifth with a 53-over-par 905.

Central Methodist University placed ninth. After finishing fifth after the opening round and then slipping to eighth at the end of round two, the Eagles finished with a 948 score. They finished 14 strokes behind eighth-place Baker University (934) and seven strokes ahead of 10th-place Clarke University (955).

Brendan Ross (SR/Louisiana, Mo.) led CMU with a three-round score of 18-over-par 231. He finished in a four-way tie for 26th place. Teammate Kyle Sachs (FR/Troy, Mo.) (photo on right) shot a three-round score of 237 to place 35th. Ryan Rost (SR/Linn, Mo.) (photo on left) came in 39th with a 240, Greg Pitzer (SR/Louisiana, Mo.) shot a 244 and tied for 42nd and Eric Vander Linden (SO/Boonville, Mo.) scored a 246 and tied for 44th place.

Missouri Valley College’s Kaz Sakai received the Heart Men’s Golf Player of the Year plaque after the tournament, while Grand View University’s Chris Winkle and Missouri Valley’s Jordan Dickson were named Co-coaches of the Year.

The all-conference team was made up of 15 players. Missouri Valley had the most on the squad with five.

The Central Methodist men’s golf team has completed its season. The CMU women’s golf team will participate in the Heart of America Athletic Conference next Monday and Tuesday in Oskaloosa, Iowa for the women’s championship.


1. Grand View University – 292-288-301=881 (+29)
2. Mount Mercy University – 303-288-298=889 (+37) *
3. William Penn University – 307-292-290=889 (+37)
4. Culver-Stockton College – 311-297-293=901 (+49)
5. Missouri Valley College – 317-291-297=905 (+53)
6. Graceland University – 316-303-307=926 (+74)
7. Evangel University – 313-305-314=932 (+80)
8. Baker University – 320-307-307=934 (+82)
9. Central Methodist University – 312-310-326=948 (+96)
10. Clarke University – 326-312-317=955 (+103)
* – Won a one-hole playoff against William Penn University for 2nd place.

CMU Golf Contact: John Krueger