April 1, 2014

JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

MARION - Sophomore Connor Graves outbattled the wind Monday to win medalist honors and lead John A. Logan College to a spring invitational tournament championship at Kokopelli Golf Course. The Volunteers completed Monday's round at 304 to go along with Sunday's total of 299 for a combined score of 603.

Placing second at the tourney was Rend Lake at 618. Parkland was third at 621 and Michigan-based Mott College was fourth at 669.

"Because it was very windy today, the conditions weren't the best for anyone," said Logan head coach Tom Ferris. "I thought we played Ok. I would like to think that under normal conditions, we would have shot at least 10 strokes better. There's still a lot of room for improvement."

Ferris said both Rend Lake and Parkland figure to be two of Logan's toughest challengers when the postseason regional tournament comes around.

"I guess I shouldn't gripe too much," Ferris said. "We won the tournament, which is what we set out to do. I just think we're capable of playing much better...and I think we will."

Graves posted a second-day score of 73 to go with his Sunday round of 74 for a combined total of 147 or two strokes better than teammate Adam Woolley (149),who tied for second with Parkland College's Lyle Burns.

"Connor has probably been our most consistent player so far this spring," Ferris said. "He can strike the ball well. The short game has always been his problem area, but he has gotten much better around the greens and on the greens."

Finishing fourth was Vols' sophomore Thomas Simpson of Benton (150) and sophomore Michael Mencaccy was fifth at 152. Freshman Christian Seaton, who was the first-day leader at 73, fell back a bit Monday with an 83 for a total of 156.

Other scores included sophomore Brock Bolton (162) and freshman Trey Brinker (163).

Logan returns to action in a couple of weeks in Nashville, Tenn. at a tournament mostly for Division I four-year schools hosted by Tennessee State.