May 24, 2014

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

PLYMOUTH, IND. - It was a day to remember for John A. Logan College sophomore golfer Connor Graves. The California native blew away the entire field Friday with a four-under-par 68, or two strokes better than the second-place finisher.

That sizzling round catapulted Graves from 34th place to a tie for 10th and the prestige of being named All-American. 

"Connor played extremely well today," said Vols head coach Tom Ferris. "He had the lowest round of the day by far and that was despite the fact that it was windy and the course was playing tough. What can I say? Connor has been solid all spring. Today, he really stepped up his game when he needed to the most and I couldn't be happier for him."

Graves finished with a four-round total of 298. He fell one stroke shy of a tie for fourth.

"Finishing the last round of Nationals with the low score of the day is something I've always thought about," Graves said. "I give Coach Ferris a lot of credit. He has been a big part of my progress these last two years. Whether I would shoot a good or bad round, he would always tell me, 'Your best golf is ahead of you.' And that would keep me motivated. So, finishing as an All-American is huge to me."

Sophomore teammate, Michael Mencaccy, shot a respectable 78 and finished in a tie for 44th place out of 128 total golfers.

"Michael didn't have the tournament he had hoped for," Ferris said. "But he had a good two-year career with us and did everything we asked of him."

Walters State (Tennessee) won the team title.