The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

College Sports

October 17, 2012

Concord wins WVIAC title

Mountain Lions’ Labuschagne tops event leaderboard

Concord University had a day to remember Tuesday at The Resort at Glade Springs’ Cobb Course.

The Mountain Lions, the leaders after the first two rounds of the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships, blew away the competition on the final day, firing a team score of 301, seven strokes better than any other squad to finish with a three-day total of 898, 16 strokes better than the University of Charleston, which finished second with a 914. It was Concord’s fifth conference title overall and the second in the last three years.

But the team success wasn’t the only thing Concord was celebrating. Coming into the final 18 holes four shots behind Charleston’s John Carbone in the individual standings, Mountain Lion senior Stefan Labuschagne carded the low score of the day with a 74 to take the individual medalist honors with a three-day total of 220. The South African became the fourth straight Concord golfer to earn the top spot at the conference championship, joining Sebastian Starud (2011), Emmanual Charmat (2010) and Tyan Terdik (2009) as individual conference champions.

Bluefield State’s Nick Dent, a Greenbrier East graduate, was second at 223, while another Mountain Lion, Oak Hill graduate Nathaniel Begley, finished third at 224. Carbone shot an 83 on a difficult scoring day to finish fourth at 225. Wyoming East graduate Evan Muscari (Concord), Logan Kaptis (W.Va. Wesleyan) and Starud (Concord) tied for fifth at 228.

Concord won three of the four tournaments it entered this fall. It took both of the WVIAC Regional Championship matches and placed second at the Powerade Classic before winning on Tuesday.

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