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Championship Drama

Championship Drama

MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. - - Belmont University men's golf placed second following Tuesday's final round of the 2019 OVC Men's Golf Championship.

Senior Noah Trenkler (Hendersonville, Tenn.) was the story, delivering one of the finest rounds in the history of the program, carding a six-under par 66 - two shy of the program 18-hole scoring record and a new standard for conference tournament play. The Hendersonville, Tennessee native carded birdies on holes 1, 2 and 10 before eagles on 12 and 17 put him in contention for medalist honors. A lone bogey at the last could not sour the majestic round.

Trenkler finished third at eight under par 208, four shots behind individual champion Jesus Montenegro of Jacksonville State.

In the team race, after a record-setting 13-under par 275 team score in the opening 18 holes, Belmont was well-positioned to challenge Jacksonville State for supremacy.

And in the opening 90 minutes of Tuesday's final round, the Bruins harnessed the best of Jack Nicklaus at Augusta National.

Belmont made eight team birdies before reaching the fifth tee, skyrocketing to the top of the leaderboard. It took nearly two hours for the first team bogey to be recorded, and the Bruins stabilized for a back nine race to the finish.

But Jacksonville State would prove formidable in pursuit of its third consecutive OVC title, carding five birdies and an eagle over the first three holes of the inward nine to pull away.

Belmont would be relegated to the Phil Mickelson role at Troon in 2016; historic play but denied hardware.

Jacksonville State won at a staggering 28-under par 836.

For perspective, the previous OVC Tournament scoring record was 857 (Middle Tennessee, 1998); and the Bruins' 54-hole total of 17-under par 847 marks the lowest team score in OVC history not to claim the team championship.

Sophomore Evan Davis (Lexington, Ky.) backed up opening rounds of 67 and 70 with a final round 76 to finish T8 (-3, 216).

Freshman Coleman Jones (Franklin, Tenn.) made five birdies en route to a final round 70 to place T14 (-1, 215).

Senior and All-OVC selection Daniel Booker (Dyersburg, Tenn.) shot a final round 75 to finish T16 (E, 216). 

Sophomore Jack Uselton (Tullahoma, Tenn.), co-medalist at the 2018 OVC Men's Golf Championship, completed a strong final 36 holes to place 36th (+8, 224).

Trenkler earned OVC All-Tournament Team honors.