May 4, 2014

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

NORMAL - The John A. Logan College men's golf team will have to come from behind today in order to advance to the National Junior College Athletic Association national championship meet in Plymouth, Ind. later this month.

The Volunteers trail Parkland College of Champaign by five strokes (616 to 621) following a round of 36 holes Sunday at Weibring Golf Course in Normal, the home course for Illinois State University.

Illinois Central is third at 623. Rend Lake is fourth at 624. Lewis and Clark is fifth at 629. Other teams further back in the field include: Kaskaskia, Lincoln, Lincoln Trail and Danville.

Top player for the Volunteers Sunday was sophomore Mike Mencaccy, who fired rounds of 79 and 74 (153). Sophomore Thomas Simpson of Benton followed with a 156 (74, 82). Sophomore Connor Graves was third at 157 (79, 78). Freshman Adam Woolley carded a 161 (80, 81) and Christian Seaton had the high score for the day at 162 (86, 76).

"We're certainly not where we want to be," said Vols head coach Tom Ferris. "Clearly, we didn't play well. We will have to play better Monday if we want to win the tournament. I'd like to think we are up to the task. We've been behind before, including last weekend at Mount Vernon. All we have to do is play to our capabilities."

Today's round is 18 holes and gets under way at 9:30.