By Mike DeVader, Communications and Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Carlos Ardila of Southwestern Christian (Okla.) has been named the NAIA National Men’s Golfer of the Week, the national office announced Wednesday. He was selected based on his performances from April 6 – 12 and was chosen out of a pool of conference, Association of Independent Institutions and unaffiliated group winners.
National Golfer of the Week
Carlos Ardila, Southwestern Christian (Okla.)
Fr., Cucuta, Colombia
• Ardila claimed a one-shot victory in the Oklahoma Baptist Spring Invitational on April 6-7 after shooting a 5-under-par 137 at John Conrad Golf Course in Midwest City, Okla.
• He fired a final-round 68 on the 6,854-yard, par-72 club to win the individual title by one stroke over Thomas Holtzman of Oklahoma City.
• The freshman outlasted a field of 92 competitors from 16 teams en route to the title.
• The Cucuta, Colombia, native led the Eagles to a fourth-place finish as a team with a final score of 287-284-571 and finished four strokes behind tournament winner Oklahoma City.
For the complete 2015 Golfer of the Week schedule, click here.
The fifth NAIA Men’s Golfer of the Week will be announced April 22.
Nominees: Brian Murtagh, Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.); Deven Broadwaway, Truett-McConnell (Ga.); Patrick Mudd, Purdue Calumet (Ind.); Terran Kennedy, Bethel (Ind.); Tyler Vacek, Doane (Neb.); Ben Vetrovsky, Hastings (Neb.); Jacob Willliams, Central Methodist (Mo.); Shawn Cook, Missouri Valley; Vance Edwards, Houston-Victoria (Texas); Josef Loughlin, Bethany (Kan.); Matthew Smith, Sterling (Kan.); Josef Loughlin, Bethany (Kan.); Collin Holmes, Point Park (Pa.); Ben Wollam, Grand View (Iowa); Frederik Lundsgaard, William Penn (Iowa); Matt Schlueter, Mount Mercy (Iowa); Nathan Kapaun, Jamestown (N.D.); Jamie Warman, Oklahoma City; Zachary Oliver, Oklahoma Baptist; Jose Rolz, Texas Wesleyan; Hunter Fikes, Faulkner (Ala.); Allen Bradford, Coastal Georgia; Mike Herperger, Mobile (Ala.); Alan Cooke, USC Beaufort (S.C.); louis Hirst, Northwood (Fla.); James Desanges, Ave Maria (Fla.); Tyler Green, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); Kirk Markowski, Lawrence Tech (MI); Tyler Olson, Madonna (Mich.); Jorge Benitez, Davenport (Mich.); Keith Long, Northwestern Ohio; Jacob VanDyke, Lourdes (Ohio).
2015 NAIA National Men’s Golfers of the Week
Week 1 (March 25): Allen Bradford, Coastal Georgia
Week 2 (April 1): Anthony Marchesani, Oklahoma City
Week 3 (April 8): Will Rushworth, William Woods (Mo.)
Week 4 (April 15): Carlos Ardila, Southwestern Christian (Okla.)