– With three players in the top five, including medalist Mayson Tibbs, the Oregon Institute of Technology captured the Cascade Collegiate Conference Men’s Golf Championships presented by U.S. Bank which finished Tuesday at the Pronghorn Resort’s Nicklaus Golf Course. The win lifted the Owls into a tie for the regular season title with the Corban University Warriors.
Although the two teams are co-champions of the league, winning the tournament earns Oregon Tech the CCC’s automatic berth into the NAIA National Tournament. OIT finished with a two-day, three-round score of 308-304-318=930, well ahead of Corban’s 305-323-324=952. Walla Walla University climbed to third with a 328-327-326=981 score, followed by the College of Idaho at 323-319-344=986, Warner Pacific University at 330-322-335=987, Northwest Christian University at 329-338-333=1000, and host Multnomah University at 388-372-392=1152.
Tibbs shot a 77-71-77=225 on the par-72, 7,017-yard course, five strokes ahead of runner-up Josh Goins of NCU, who had a 78-77-75=230. Tyler Franke of OIT was third at 74-78-81=233, Chris Carew of the College of Idaho was fourth at 76-74-84=234, and there was a three-way tie for fifth among Houston Knox of OIT (77-76-84=237), Dillon Battles of Warner Pacific (80-75-82=237), and Zach Lund of Corban (75-81-81=237).
Goins, despite finishing second in the tournament, ended the year with the best stroke average in the conference at 73.16 and earned 2017-18 CCC Player of the Year honors. Joining him on the All-Conference Team were Carew, Tibbs, Franke, Knox, and Corban’s Devery Stewart and Blake Netter. Jeff Corkill of Oregon Tech was named by his peers as CCC Men’s Coach of the Year.