May 17, 2012
BY ALEX PODLOGAR
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Nine competitive rounds. More than 2,500 miles of travel. One commercial flight. One win.
All in 11 days.
Fayetteville State star golfer Jacob Barge's marathon stretch of competitive golf finally came to a close on Thursday with the third and final round of the NCAA Division-II Championship, where he completed his triumphant first season at Fayetteville State after a 5-over 77 to finish in a tie for 81st at 14-over 230 at the Cardinal Club Golf Course.
For Barge, a junior from Fayetteville, N.C., who competed in the National Junior College Golf Championship a year ago, it was a brilliant 11-day sojourn of golf, beginning with what became a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Division-II Atlantic/East Regional in Hershey, Pa., last week.
It continued with a brilliant 54 holes in leading the Broncos to their record seventh PGA National Minority Collegiate Golf Championship in Port St. Lucie, Fla., a tournament in which Barge finished as the Division-II medalist after a scorching 3-under 213 to become the second straight Fayetteville State golfer to win the prestigious event.
His brilliant season, one in which he was named the Most Valuable Player for a Broncos team that collected its 26th CIAA Championship in April, culminated at the NCAA Championship. Barge fired rounds of 74, 79 and 77 in his first Division-II national championship appearance, becoming the first Fayetteville State golfer to compete in the event since 2009.
Central Oklahoma's Josh Creel defeated Colorado School of Mines' Jim Knous with a par on the first hole of sudden death to take the Division-II championship in a playoff.