West Liberty University sophomore Matt Iceton won the Mountain East Conference Men’s Golf Championship and helped lead the Hilltoppers to a runner-up finish in the team standings as the tournament wrapped up its three-day run Wednesday afternoon at the Longaberger Golf Club.
Iceton, a returning first-team All-MEC standout, fired an even-par 72 on Wednesday to come from one shot off the pace and take the medal title with a 5-over-par 221 at the challenging 7,166-yard, par 72 layout. Second-round leader Thomas Frazier of Concord posted a 2-over-par 74 but had to settle for runner-up honors at 222. Sam Berry, also of Concord, was third at 226 with Wheeling Jesuit’s Eric Dargis (227) fourth and Iceton’s teammate, Cory Hoshor (233) rounding out the top five.
Concord won its second straight MEC team title but Coach Mike Ricci’s youthful West Liberty squad kept the heat on the Mountain Lions throughout the final day, posting its lowest team score of the event at 307.
That wasn’t quite enough to overtake Concord, which finished with a 54-hole total of 937, but the Hilltoppers’ three-day score of 951 held off a stampede of challengers for the No. 2 spot. Shepherd was four shots farther back in third place at 955, just one stroke ahead of Charleston (956). Notre Dame (Ohio) rounded out the top five in the 12-team event with a 969.
West Liberty is one of several MEC teams expected to receive at-large bids to the combined NCAA Division II Atlantic/East Regional Championships in the spring.
Longaberger Golf Club
(7,161 yards – par 72)
West Liberty Individuals
221: Matt Iceton (73-76-72)
233: Cory Hoshor (79-78-76)
238: Ike Judy (81-82-75)
266: Alston Spears (91-87-88)
268: Aaron Sutton (88-96-84)