UNION, Kentucky - Matt McCurry's birdie on the par 4 16th hole proved to be the difference maker during Monday and Tuesday's 54-hole River States Conference Championship held at Lassing Pointe Golf Club. McCurry was one shot behind reigning champion Taylor Suggs of Cincinnati Christian headed into the final three holes but McCurry went birdie-par-par through the final three, while Suggs, in the same pairing, went bogey-par-par to finish out the tournament.
McCurry would go on to finish even-par for the final round, capping off a 3-over tournament and claiming Asbury's first conference champion since Steven Brooks four years ago.
The Eagles, as a team, finished second in a narrow loss to Point Park. AU finished just three strokes behind Point Park. The Eagles were on fire through day one's first round and a half. They took a one shot lead into the break, a unique and maybe misfortunate 27 hole opening day. They stumbled out of the starting block on the back nine on Tuesday, finishing out round two five strokes behind the Pioneers.
AU would finish the day with the low round of 303 while Point Park shot a 305 final round. Still, that wasn't enough to make up for the damage done on the back nine of the second round.
Ben Campbell turned in a top-10 finish for the Eagles by finishing at plus-18, which included a 10-over second round, and in ninth place. He was named Second-Team All-Conference in the process.
Zach Johnson tied for 22nd, Jeff Reno was 26th, and Michael Troutman finished 33rd. Reno fought off a tough start to the final round to shoot his best score of the week on Tuesday with a 77. After going plus-7 on the front nine of the final round he played the back-nine at 1-under.
McCurry's finish gave him First-Team All-Conference honors and will send him to the NAIA National Championships as an individual at TPC Deere Run May 16-19.