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Sweeney earns All-American status

By Staff | May 23, 2014

PLYMOUTH, Ind. – The Iowa Lakes Men’s golfers wrapped up their final round at the National Tournament held in Plymouth, Ind.

Austin Sweeney fired a 74 to finish in a tie for 14th place. With Sweeney’s finish he made the All-Tournament Team, which goes to the best 18 finishers of the Tournament. He also was named NJCAA 2nd Team All-American with his finish.

Sweeney started the tournament with a 76 on Tuesday and followed up with a 78 on Wednesday before his low of 73 on Thursday helped in move up the ladder. His final score was 301.

For Iowa Lakes Blake Orton finished his final round shooting an 87 as he finished with a four-day total of 334. His best day was the first one when he shot a 78 followed by an 85 and an 84.

Both players are sophomores for the Lakers; Orton is from Heyward, Wis. and majored in wind energy. Sweeney is from Sutherland and majored in construction tech.

“I have to give a lot of credit to these guys-they were great to be around all week and both their two years while at Iowa Lakes,” said Iowa Lakes coach Andy Soper. “They will be greatly missed, these two fine men plus Nate and Joe were great kids to be around for two years and will be successful in life. It has been great to see them grow as young men. I know Blake didn’t want to finish his tournament this way today but it happens. Austin had a goal all year to make it to Nationals and is taking home some hardware.”

Sweeney is the third All-American at Iowa Lakes in the last 20 years and second in the last four years. In that 20-year span he is also the highest finisher at the National Tournament with a tie for 14th place.