May 17, 2012

Owens Express Golf Student-Athlete Competes in NJCAA National Championship Tournament, May 22-25

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Owens Community College student-athlete Luke Berger of Temperance, Mich. will have the opportunity to compete against some of the country’s best intercollegiate golfers for an individual national championship title as the Express student-athlete participates in the NJCAA Division II National Championships, May 22-25.

The Bedford High School graduate advanced to the national championship tournament after shooting a total score of 224 (76-73-75) and finishing in 10th place at the NJCAA Region XII Men’s Golf Championships. The Owens six-member team finished fourth at the regional championships, which washeld at Bedford Valley Golf Club in Battle Creek, Mich. after rounds of 298-303-302 (903).

Berger, pre-business administration major, will take a 79.5 season scoring average into the NJCAA Division II National Championship tournament, which will be held at The Golf Club at Swan Lake Resort in Plymouth, Ind. The four-day 72-hole NJCAA tournament will consist of four rounds beginning at 7 a.m. each day. Tee times for the no-cut event will be set prior to the tournament in accordance with NJCAA rules. Over 120 individuals will compete for the individual national title.

“I am extremely proud of Luke Berger and his efforts on the golf course,” said Gil Guerrero, Owens Head Coach of the golf program. “Luke has worked very hard and has served as a team leader from day one of the season. He has earned the right to compete for a national championship title and will represent Owens Community College and the golf program well at the NJCAA tournament.”

His postseason honors include Ohio Community College Athletic Conference First Team selection. He also was named to the NJCAA All-Region XII Team.

Berger becomes the third Express golf student-athlete to qualify for the national tournament (Jimmy Bell in 2009 and Joey Bussdieker in 2007). As a team, Owens qualified for nationals in 2006 and 2008.

The Express golf team captured and/or finished tied for four match and invitational titles during the season, highlighted by a third-place finish in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference Championship Invitational. The program also finished second in the NJCAA Region XII Sub-Regional championship after a round of 316 at Belmont Country Club in Perrysburg.

Owens Community College is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, as well as at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit www.owens.edu.