ELYRIA, Ohio - Grand Valley State University overcame an 11-shot deficit at the start of the third round to win the 2012 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) men's golf Championship hosted by Ashland University at the Elyria Country Club in Elyria, Ohio.
The Lakers posted a 10-under-par round of 278 to comeback from 11 strokes down and win the tournament by nine strokes over second place Ferris State University. GVSU's three-round total of 880 was nine strokes better than FSU and 11 shots ahead of third place Tiffin University.
Grand Valley State posted the tremendous final round comeback on the strength of Joel Siegel, who carded a final round 65 (-7) to claim medalist honors at the event. Siegel finished with a three-round total of 208 (-8) after shooting 73 and 70 in the first two rounds.
Jon Clark of Malone University finished second on the individual leaderboard after posted a three-round total of 215 (-1), finishing seven strokes behind Siegel. Matt Benson of Northwood University and Brendan Jenkins of Ashland University tied for third at the GLIAC Championships with totals of 217 (+1).
The day began with the Lakers in a tie for fifth place, 11 strokes back of the leaders. A couple record-breaking events later, and GVSU had its sixth GLIAC Championship in men's golf history ('99, '06, '08, '09, '11), the fifth in the last seven years and a second straight conference crown.
GVSU set a new school record by eventually turning in a card with a team score of 278 (-10) in the final round, the best round in team history and a staggering nine strokes better than any other team round of the tournament.
It is the second straight year that a Laker has taken home the individual title from the GLIAC Championship, as teammate Chris Cunningham won the event last season.