Men’s Golfer Chad Collins Wins 3rd National Championship as Monarchs Finish In Third Place
The Methodist College men’s golf team fired a final round 293 (+9) for a 72-hole total of 1,164 (+28) and a third place finish at the 2001 NCAA Division-III National Championship at Persimmon Woods Golf Club. The Monarchs finished two strokes behind National Champion Wisconsin Eau-Claire.
Collins and teammate Jered Gusso were named First Team All-Americans while Billy Whitney earned Honorable Mention All-American status.
Earlier in the season, the Monarchs captured their ninth consecutive and 20th overall Dixie Conference championship as the Green & Gold swept the conference honors with Collins being tabbed Player of the Year, freshman James Stewart winning Rookie of the Year, and Head Coach Steve Conley winning Coach of the Year honors.
Methodist College Individuals:
Methodist’s Chad Collins was the Individual National Champion after shooting an even-par 71 for a 72-hole total of 281 (-3). Collins was the Individual National Champion in 1998 and 1999, and the tournament win marked the 18th of his collegiate career.
The national title marks Collins’ third of his career, setting a new NCAA Division-III record for individual national championships. His victory
2001 NCAA Division III Individual Champion Chad Collins.
marked the ninth time a Monarch has claimed the individual title and the top- five finish is the 15th consecutive for the Monarchs as a team.
Based on their tournament finishes,
71-70-69-71—281 (-3) tied 4th Jered Gusso
71-68-75-73—287 (+3) tied 20th Billy Whitney
74-75-73-76—298 (+14) tied 44th Joey Wuertemberger
76-81-73-74—304 (+20) tied 47th Anthony Bonargo
Elena Blanina Storms to NCAA-III Singles National Championship
Methodist College women’s tennis player Elena Blanina claimed the 2001 NCAA Division-III Singles National Championship with a 6-4, 6-0 win over Joanna Toke of Rochester Institute of Technology at Trinity University in San Antonio, TX. The national title marks MC’s 21st individual national championship and 44th overall and the first in a sport other than golf and track.
In the championship match, the fourth-seeded Blanina fought to an early 4-4 first-set deadlock after being down 3-1 and from there reeled off eight consecutive games for the straight-set win. The win was Blanina’s 18th consecutive win, a streak that dates back to her last loss on March 5 to Sara Marsic of nationally-ranked NAIA Palm Beach Atlantic.
Blanina puts the exclamation point of
a national championship on a stellar season that included a 28-2 singles record and her second consecutive Dixie Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship. She was voted the DIAC’s Women’s Tennis Player of the Year for the second consecutive season and led the Lady Monarchs to a No. 24 national ranking and the school’s first- ever team National Tournament appearance.
Blanina and doubles partner Carla Simpson won the 2000 Fall Rolex Division-III national doubles title and entered the NCAA-III Doubles National Championship as the top-seeded team before bowing out with a three-set loss to Williams College in the quarterfinals.
Additionall , Blanina was tabbed as the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s (ITA) 2001 National Player to Watch.
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