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The Southeast Community College men's golf team breezed to a NJCAA Region 9 championship this week at the York Country Club.

The Storm finished with a team score of 593, which beat Miles Community College (682) and Central Community College (698).

Storm Coach Bill Campbell said he worries about the regional tournament when it comes around-- especially when tough weather conditions are in the forecast -- but said his team didn't blink on their way to the championship.

"The kids were focused," Campbell said. "It was cold, windy, misty, and not a good day to play 36 holes. But our kids put their head down and just thought about making par and they played really well."

Individually, the Storm occupied four of the top five positions. Dominic Vartuli brought home the individual championship with a two day score of 142.

"Noah has a lot of talent," Capbell said. "Somebody is going to be really lucky to pick him up after he's done here."

Noah Hoffman and Kyle Murray finished in second and third place respectively, each finishing with a score of 147.

Kean Kontor finished in fifth place with a score of 161. Finishing just outside the top five was Tyler Wagner, who shot a 162.

Campbell said his team has been bunched up on the scoreboard all year.

"They run in a pack," Campbell said. "When you get a 72, a 73 and a 74 in one round, that's great. We push each other on the course and in the classroom and the competition really helps. All these kids are within tenths of a stroke average wise, so they realize every stroke counts. It has been an all around good Spring."

With the win, SCC will advance to the National Tournament in Mesa, Ariz. on May 23-26. The Storm has reached nationals every year since 2004 -- a run of 13 straight years.

"We're certainly going to go down there with the intention of trying to win it," Campbell said. "I like that we're such a close groups. If we can avoid any of our players going south, we can make some noise. I love the talent and work ethic these guys have. They are course rats and they are really improving. It's a fun team to coach."


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