San Antonio – Matt Vela shot a final round 71 to take medalist honors at the Heartland Conference Men’s Golf Championship, Tuesday afternoon at the Rose Creek Golf Club. St. Mary’s University finished second as a team, just two strokes behind St. Edward’s University.

Vela (Jr., San Antonio) won his first Heartland Conference Championship, after finishing second each of the last two years. Vela finished with a three-round total of 206 (68-67-71) to defeat teammate Jeff Rein (Jr., San Antonio) by two strokes (69-69-70 – 208). Will Dusenbury and Nic Tacher of Dallas Baptist University both tied with Rein for second. For the second straight season, the Rattlers placed first and second at the conference championship. Rein finished second after winning the title last year.

Freshman Tim Paiz (Fr., San Antonio) had his best tournament as a Rattler, finishing ninth overall with a 214 (73-70-71). Sam Jernigan (So., San Antonio) was 19th with a 222 (79-72-71), while Guy Goodspeed (So., Del Rio, Texas) finished 25th with a 229 (75-82-72).

In the team standings, St. Edward’s held off a late charge by the Rattlers to win the title by two strokes at 844 (281-278-285). St. Mary’s finished second with a 846 (285-278-283). Take third place was Dallas Baptist University with a 851, Newman University was fourth with an 874, the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith was fifth with an 880, Lincoln University was sixth with a 906, the University of the Incarnate Word seventh with a 918, Oklahoma Panhandle State University was eighth with a 970 and Texas A&M International University was ninth with a 1012.

2010 Heartland Conference Men’s Golf Championship
Rose Creek Golf Club, Edmond, Okla.
Final Results

Team Results: 1. St. Edward’s 844 (281-278-285) 2. St. Mary’s 846 (285-278-283), 3. Dallas Baptist 851 (290-279-282), 4. Newman 874 (296-292-286), 5. Arkansas-Fort Smith 880 (299-297-284), 6. Lincoln 906 (300-310-296), 7. Incarnate Word 918 (317-307-294), 8. Oklahoma Panhandle State 970, 9. Texas A&M-International 1012 (350-336-326).
Individual Results: 1. Matt Vela (St. Mary’s) 206 (68-67-71), t2. Jeff Rein (St. Mary’s) 208 (69-69-70), t2. Will Dusenbury (DBU) 208 (73-69-66), t2. Nic Tacher (DBU) 208 (71-69-68), 5. Collin Mayer (SEU) 209 (70-67-72).
Other St. Mary’s Individuals: 9. Tim Paiz 214 (73-70-71), 19. Sam Jernigan 222 (79-72-71), 25. Guy Goodspeed 229 (75-82-72).

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