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Courtesy: USF Athletics

USF continues Spring NSIC Championship in 3rd

Courtesy: USF Athletics
          Release: 04/14/2012
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The University of Sioux Falls men's golf replicated their fall second round team score with a 302 in the third round of the NSIC Conference Championship Saturday to remain in the top 3 of the team standings. Three Cougars are currently in the top 10 of the individual scoring.

St. Cloud State holds the top spot through three after shooting a team score of 300 today. Minnesota State is in second following a round of 293; however the lowest team score went to Upper Iowa who fired an impressive 292 to knot things up with USF in third place.

Jordan Mueller led all Cougars with a team-low even par round of 71. Mueller took full advantage of the course's par 5, where he was two-under today en route to recording four birdies and 10 pars to jump to 10th place on the individual leaderboard.

Mueller's 71 tied his career-low at USF. He discussed the impact the Cougars' eligibility has had on their performance at the NSIC tournament. "We may not be eligible to take home any hardware from the Championship, but we feel this is an opportunity to prove our worth", said Mueller. "We are confident that we can compete in this conference and do so at a high level and our goal is to validate just that in this tournament."

Troy Klongerbo and Levi Smith are also representing USF in the top 10. Klongerbo demonstrated consistency, tallying a field-high 13 pars to total a 76 today and sit tied with teammate Mueller in 10th overall. Smith sank three birdies and went two-under on the par five holes to card a 79 on the day. Smith has USF's lowest three-round total and is tied for 8th overall.

Shea Stoltenberg also had a solid day, dropping four birdies to record a 78 in the third round to sit tied for 14th. Deryk Thomsen utilized 12 pars to match Stoltenberg with a 78 today.

Saturday was Thomsen's first round of the NSIC Championship.

USF will complete the NSIC Championship tomorrow.

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