The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

May 25, 2013

Keenan wins NJCAA title

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SCOTTSBORO, Ala. —  Former Salt Fork and current Parkland College golfer David Keenan shot a one-under par 71 in Friday’s final round to win the NJCAA Division II National Golf Tournament individual title.

“It does feel pretty special to win and I am still trying to get used to it,” Keenan said. “We

Keenan ended up with a -8 for the four rounds at Goose Pond Colony, winning by five strokes over a group of four players — South Mountain (Ariz.)’s Jake Argento, Ben Seward and Will Twitty and Calvin Freeman of Southeast (Neb.).

The sophomore entered the round down a stroke after leading the first two rounds, but was one of seven golfers under par.

“I felt a little pressure in the third because I slept on the lead those first two rounds,” Keenan said. “The greens were dry today and it was breezy so I was happy to have one of the few under par rounds of the day.”

It is the first Parkland individual title and earned Keenan All-American honors.

Keenan had the highest finish for a Cobra since 2009, when former Bismarck-Henning golfer Michael Davan took ninth.

“It feels pretty special to get past a golfer like him, because he did well and has gone on to play professionally,” Keenan said.

As far as Keenan playing pro after this, he is going to stop at college first.

“Next year, I am going to play at Chicago State so I will play for a couple of years and see where I can go after that,” Keenan said.

Steve Souchek of John A. Logan, who had the one stroke lead over Keenan entering Friday, shot an 81 to finish 12th for the week.

South Mountain won the team title by 19 strokes over second place Walters State (Tenn.).