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@CentreGolf Defeats Otterbein at Grandover Division III Match Play Championship
GREENSBORO, N.C. (CentreColonels.com) – The Centre men's golf team finished off its regular season slate with the final round of the Division III Match Play Championships at Grandover Resort. The Colonels faced the Otterbein Cardinals on Monday and came away with a 3-1-1 victory.
Sophomore Jake Mattingly (Louisville, Ky.) led off the match against Otterbein's Andrew Kotey in the first head to head pairing. Mattingly fell behind by four shots early but fought back on the back nine to even the match and halve it for the Colonels.
Junior Hall Rupert (Powells Point, N.C.) was next up for the Colonels against Kris Clark of the Cardinals. The match was played evenly for the first few holes before Clark won four consecutive holes and would eventually win by that margin.
Trailing 0-1-1, Centre needed a big performance in the next matchup and the Colonels got it from junior Andrew McKinney (Danville, Ky.) against Otterbein's Tyler Elgin. McKinney birdied the first hole and won seven of the first nine holes, including six in a row, to clinch the victory on the 11th hole.
Senior Dakota Jarman (Danville, Ky.) battled Otterbein's Spencer Jordan in the fourth match of the day and Jarman got things off to a good start with a birdie. Jarman took the lead for good with a birdie on the seventh hole and clinched his 3&2 victory on the 16th hole for the Colonels.
In the anchor pairing of the match, senior Carson Riley (Hendersonville, Tenn.) faced Austin Wells of Otterbein. Riley got off to a hot start, winning the first three holes and eventually took a six-shot lead before securing the individual and team victory for Centre with a 5&4 triumph.
The next tournament for the Colonels on the men's side will be the Southern Athletic Association Championships in Maumelle, Ark., starting on Apr. 21.