USCB’s charged from eight shots back entering the final round to claim the Sun Conference Men’s Golf Championship on Tuesday at Plantation Preserve Golf Club in Florida.
The NAIA fifth-ranked Sand Sharks posted an impressive team score of 9-under-par 279 in the final round to finish at 11-under 853 for the week and edge No. 6 Keiser by one shot for their first Sun Conference title since 2011.
Sophomore Newport Laparojkit shot 2-under in the final round to finish at 3-under and tie for third. He also was named the Sun Conference Player of the Year.
USCB’s Bobby Dunphy tied for sixth at 1-under and clinched the team victory with a birdie and three straight pars on his final four holes after struggling to four straight bogeys. Jack Faraci fired a 7-under 65 in the final round to surge into the top 10, while Keith Murphy shot 71 on Tuesday to finish 12th at 2-over and Marc Sweeney tied for 17th at 5-over.
USCB’s Danny Allen was voted the Sun Conference Coach of the Year.
The Sand Sharks earn an automatic bid to the NAIA Men’s Golf National Championships from May 15-18 at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill.