CHAUTAUQUA, NY. - One year after finishing fourth in the national, the College of DuPage men's golf team was unable to build off that result as they returned to Chautauqua Golf Club to place 11th overall at the 2018 NJCAA Division III Men's Golf National Championships. The Chaparrals improved by an average of 9.0 strokes a day to post a final tally of 1,367, eight shots back of tenth place Anne Arundel Community College (MD) and 30 shots better than Nassau Community College (NY). Sophomore Anthony Accettura paced COD with a four-day total of 317 (80-82-78-77) after carding sub-80 rounds on back-to-back days to end the tournament.
DuPage opened tournament play with a 69-over-par 357 to sit in last place, but improved by 15 shots in round two for a 342 that jumped them ahead of Nassau for good. The Chaparrals carded a 338 on day three before finishing with their tournament-best score of 330. Vincennes University Community College (IN) won its third golf national title with a final total of 1,237 (+85).
Accettura, who shot a 310 in 2017 to finish 14th overall and earn All-American honors, tied for 19th overall at 29-over-par and missed consecutive All-American accolades by one stroke. Colton Carpenter counted a 348 (87-91-86-84/+60) and Cameron Marbach added a 349 (93-85-86-85/+61). The Chaparrals also added a 353 (97-84-88-84/+65) from Bryce Smith, while Alex Englehart's 376 (99-93-93-91/+88) was not counted. Dan Lapp of Tompkins Cortland Community College was the individual champion with a five-over-par 293 (76-76-73-68).