October 11, 2010

Guilford College, Transylvania's Tereshko Win Gordin Titles

GREENSBORO, N.C. (10/11/10) – Guilford College captured its fourth Greensboro Gordin Classic Invitational Men's Golf Tournament Monday afternoon at the Grandover Resort and Conference Center. The Quakers shot 292-299-591 and won their second tournament in as many weeks. Guilford placed three students among the top-15 finishers in the 90-man field.

Huntingdon College held off St. John's (Minn.) University for second place after the Johnnies carded Monday's low round (295). The Hawks shot 296-300-596 for the tournament, five strokes behind Guilford and one ahead of St. John's (302-295-597). Oglethorpe University (294-306-600) and Transylvania University (297-305-602) rounded out the top five finishers in the 18-team field. First-round leader and defending tournament champion Methodist University shot 313 Monday and finished sixth (290-313-603). The Monarchs have won a record nine Gordin Classic titles.

Transylvania's Justin Tereshko and Centre College's Chris Morris both fired one-under-par 143 for the tournament, but Tereshko claimed medalist honors by virtue of a second-round scorecard playoff. Tereshko shot 71 Monday, while Morris shot 72. First-round leader Noah Ratner of Guilford College carded a 76 Monday and placed third with an even-par 144 for the tournament. St. John's Tony Krogen turned in the day's low round (70) to finish fourth with a 75-70-145. Centre's Patrick Davidson (72-74-146) and Methodist's Mike Wesko (69-77-146) shared fifth place. For the second straight day, the teams enjoyed warm and sunny conditions, which contributed to an overall average score of 78.72.

Guilford's Mat Hennick rebounded from an opening-round 77 and shot 73 Monday, the Quakers' low scores. Hennick's rally helped him climb from 48th place at the start of the day into a share of 15th place with a six-over 150. Rookie teammate Alex Wise birdied the 17th hole and parred 18 to finish with a 74 Monday. He shared seventh place overall at 73-74-147. Guilford junior Dusty Roberts struggled to a 42 on the front nine holes Monday, but rebounded with a two-under 34 on the back nine and finished with a 76. His two-day 75-76-151 placed 22nd.

Tereshko started the day in eighth place and made three of his tournament-high eight birdies over the last nine holes Monday. He finished with five birdies in the round and parred his final three holes for his second college medalist title. Morris finished with six birdies and 25 pars over two rounds on the par-72, 6,800-yard layout. He shot one-under-par over his last nine holes Monday.

This year's event was dedicated to the memory of longtime Guilford golf coach Jack Jensen (left), who died suddenly last March in the midst of his 33rd season as the Quakers' golf coach. The tournament served as a preview of the 2011 NCAA Division III Championships, which will be held at Grandover May 10-13. It featured 14 of NCAA Division III's top-25 teams, according to the Oct. 4 Golf World/NIKE Golf Division III Coaches' Poll, including all of the top-five squads. Top-ranked Greensboro College, second-ranked Huntingdon, third-ranked Methodist, fourth-ranked Skidmore College and fifth-ranked St. John's made this Division III's top fall tournament. Guilford is the poll's seventh-ranked team.

Hosted by the Greensboro Sports Commission, Guilford College and Ohio Wesleyan University, the tournament is named for longtime Ohio Wesleyan golf coach Dr. Richard Gordin, who was on hand to make the award presentations.