OKLAHOMA CITY (HardingSports.com) - The Harding men's golf team held on to its second round lead to win the Great American Conference Preview on Tuesday at Lake Hefner Golf Club. The top six teams in the tournament, which featured nine of the 11 teams in the conference, were separated by only 12 strokes.
It was Harding's 11th victory all-time and its first since winning the 2011 Bison Spring Classic. The victory was Harding's first outside of Arkansas since winning the 2003 Freed-Hardeman Invitational in Henderson, Tenn.
Harding won the event with a 54-hole score of 863, the best three-round score in program history. The old record was 867, set at the 1997 NAIA Regional. Southeastern Oklahoma was second at 867 with Southern Nazarene and Henderson State tied for third at 869.
The Bisons' top finisher was senior Lucas Collins, who shot 3-under 213 for the tournament to finish tied for fifth. His score tied for the second-best 54-hole performance by a Bison, trailing only Brad Wood's 210 at the 1997 NAIA Regional. It was Collins' second career top-5 finish and sixth career top-10 finish.
Michael Hearne of Southern Nazarene shot an incredible 10-under 62 in the third round and was the individual medalist at 13-under 203. He defeated Alex Mablik of Arkansas Tech by two strokes.
Harding had three other golfers in the top 20. Junior Nathan Kannenberg shot a 1-over 217 to tie for 13th. Senior Jordan Perry and junior Brandon Clark tied for 18th at 220, and sophomore Alex Williamson tied for 21st at 221.
The Bisons had three golfers playing as individuals. Freshman Brad Lamb recorded his first career top-10 finish, placing ninth at 216. Senior Kyle Evans tied for 32nd at 227, and freshman Luke Thomas tied for 38th at 228.
Harding's next action is Sept. 23-24 at the Northeastern State Classic in Tahlequah, Okla.