St. Edward’s men’s golf team advances to Regional tournament for 13th straight season

Amanda Gonzalez

Consistency is one of the most challenging feats, and the St. Edward’s University men’s golf team has managed to have 13 straight winning seasons.

Eight of these NCAA Tournament appearances have been under the direction of St. Edward’s Men’s Golf Head Coach Todd Ohlmeyer. On April 22, the NCAA Men’s Golf South Central/West Regional Advisory Committee announced the selection of St. Edward’s as the No. 8 seed for the South Central Region.

“Definitely there are some positives to grow on [from the Heartland Conference Championship], and look towards as we get ready for Regionals in New Mexico,” Ohlmeyer said to SEU Athletics.

Another feat the men’s golf team recently accomplished was earning fourth place at the Heartland Conference Championship Tournament. Rainy conditions may have continuously postponed the tournament, but it didn’t stop several Hilltoppers from standing out.

Named to the All-Tournament Team, freshman Andrew Spear finished (69-75=144) tied for third place to help lead St. Edward’s to a fourth-place finish, according to SEU Athletics.

Junior golfer Dillon Van Essen (78-76=154), junior transfer Joey Hearn (81-73=154) and junior Jay Hogan (77-77=154) all tied for 17th place. Junior transfer Thomas Holtzman (84-80=164) ended in 40th place.

Collectively, St. Edward’s improved its score for the first day of the tournament (305-301=606) but dropped a spot on the final day to finish in fourth place.

“We had some good things happen, and struggled in some other moments,” Ohlmeyer said to SEU Athletics. “We made a few too many big numbers, and that was the difference between a solid finish and where we did.”

Hogan was named second-team all-Heartland Conference. Compiling a team-best 74.31 scoring average, he finished amongst the Top-20 in four of his past five tournaments. Hogan also had two Top-10 finishes during that run, which included a runner-up spot at the Dallas Baptist University Patriot Classic, per SEU Athletics.

Ohlmeyer said he also saw positive signs and efforts that can build team momentum heading into Regionals. The team’s next challenge is the 54-hole NCAA Regional, which will take place May 2-4 at The University Course in Las Cruces, New Mexico.