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South Mountain, Mesa Advance to
NJCAA National Championships
(Special Thanks to Mr. Jim McCurdy for this story)

South Mountain and Mesa Community College are headed to the national championships.

South Mountain shot a four-round total of 1145 to win the NJCAA Division II Region Championship Thursday at Desert Springs Golf Course in Sun City Grande. Mesa was second with a 1168. The top two teams qualify for the NJCAA Division II National Championships May 24-27 in Scottsboro, Ala.

South Mountain's Matt Rutledge won the tournament with a 16-under 272. Rutledge had three rounds at 5-under or better before shooting par in the final round Thursday.

Mesa's Ryan Caughlan was 10 strokes back to finish second. Paradise Valley's Josh Brox shot 73-74-67-75 -- 289 to finish tied for fifth. His 5-under 67 in the third round was his lowest competitive round ever. His previous best was a 74.

"I've got something to work with," said Brox, a freshman who returns to PVCC next year, told his coach Nick Candrea.

1. South Mountain -- 1,145
2. Mesa -- 1,168
3. Phoenix College -- 1,171
4. Glendale -- 1,175
5. Paradise Valley -- 1,197
6. Gateway -- 1,207

1. Matt Rutledge (South Mountain), 67-67-66-72 -- 272
2. Ryan Caughlan (Mesa), 72-71-69-70 -- 282
3. Mike Sentell (Phoenix), 70-71-66-76 -- 283
4. Scott Aydelotte (South Mountain), 73-72-73-67 -- 285
5. Josh Brox (Paradise Valley), 73-74-67-75 -- 289
5. John Gatewood (Glendale), 77-71-70-71 -- 289


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