DICKSON, Tenn. - 4/21/2009 - The Union University golf team was not able to repeat as TranSouth Champions as the Bulldogs finished in third place in the 2009 TranSouth Conference Tournament. Union, the 2008 TranSouth Champions, shot a three-round 943, 24 shots behind tournament champion, Cumberland (Tenn.) University's 915.
Union's Mills Hamaguchi of Milan, Tenn. made a strong showing with a third place finish in the individual standings with a three-round total of 227, just four shots behind the tournament winner. Hamaguchi was named TranSouth All-Conference for his finish in the top-5.
During the 2008-09 golf season, Union captured two first place finishes (Union-Bethel Duel and Union Four-Team Challenge). Union also posted three second place finishes this season (Cumberland University Shootout, Union University Shootout, UT Martin Grover Page Classic).
Union was in fifth place after a round one total of 311. Round two saw Union post a 312 score, moving the Bulldogs to fourth place. Tuesday's third and final round score was 320 for Union, putting them in a tie for third place with Bethel (Tenn.) College.
Martin Methodist (Tenn.) finished second, while Trevecca Nazarene (Tenn.) and Lyon (Ark.) placed fifth and sixth respectively.
Other Union scores included Clay Mallard and Ryan Chandler in a tie for 10th place with a score of 236. Jake Carroll finished 21st with a 245, and Jesper Swedenborg finished 29th with a 262 score.
Union's Stephen Brooks, Jake Carroll, Matt Kelley, Tyler Lay, Andrew Mangrum, Clay Mallard, and Ben Ayris were each named TranSouth Scholar Atheltes for 2009.
Union has captured the TranSouth men's golf title in 2006 and 2008. The Bulldogs carried home individual titles in 2004 (Roger Cook) and 2008 (Clay Mallard).
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