Pioneers pull away on final day to claim 2019 #SummitGF Men's Championship

The Denver Pioneers claimed the 2019 #SummitGF Men's Championship by 15 strokes. Buy Now
The Denver Pioneers claimed the 2019 #SummitGF Men's Championship by 15 strokes.

Denver Head Coach Erik Billinger (Post Round Interview)
Championship MVP Cal McCoy (Post Round Interview)

NEWTON, Kan. –
 Denver's final round was its best of the 2019 #SummitGF Men's Championship and that effort cemented the first title for the Pioneers since their inaugural year as a league member in 2014.

The Pioneers navigated their way through a grueling final day as forecasted storms on Tuesday forced teams to play 36 holes on Monday.

DU entered the day trailing Oral Roberts and South Dakota State by a pair of strokes, but erased the deficit by opening the day with a 294 (+6) in the team's first loop around the Sand Creek Station Golf Club. The Pioneers would then put the title away with their top round of the 54-hole event as head coach Erik Billinger's squad closed things out with a 288 (E).

Freshman Cal McCoy, a first team all-league selection, led that charge with an even-par 72 that featured four birdies in the second round, then backed that up with a 73 (+1) in the final round.

Classmate Esteban Missura matched McCoy with a 145 (+1) on the final day and a 73 in round two helped DU take a three-shot lead into last 18 holes.

Denver (874; +10) never relinquished the lead in the closing 18 holes as McCoy and Missura would end up in a four-way tie at the top of the individual standings following regulation play with 219 totals.

The logjam at the top also included Oral Roberts' Cody Burrows and North Dakota State's Andrew Israelson and all four participants would have a look at birdie on the extra hole, but McCoy would be the only one to get his to drop to claim Championship MVP honors.

South Dakota (889; +25) and South Dakota State (889; +25) shared runner-up honors. The Coyotes climbed two spots with a 296-295 finish, while the Jackrabbits closed with a 301 and a 298.

Oral Roberts and reigning champion North Dakota State tied for fifth with 890 (+26) totals. Burrows closed out his collegiate career with a 75 (+3) and was a four-time All-Summit League first team performer, while Israelson, a junior, was the only repeat all-tournament team honoree from 2018. He finished with a 74 (+2).

Omaha (898; +34) moved up a spot to finish sixth and Purdue Fort Wayne took seventh with a 900 (+36) total. Western Illinois (eighth; 924, +60) and North Dakota (ninth; 938, +74) rounded out the leaderboard. Those final four teams all closed out the tournament with their best rounds.

Denver will find out its next destination on Wednesday when NCAA Regional bids are announced.

All-Tournament Team
Cal McCoy, Denver (Championship MVP)*
Esteban Missura, Denver
Dustin Hasley, Oral Roberts
Cody Burrows, Oral Roberts
Andrew Israelson, North Dakota State

*Denver freshman Cal McCoy won a four-man playoff to claim medalist and Championship MVP honors, defeating Oral Roberts' Cody Burrows, Denver's Esteban Missura and North Dakota State's Andrew Israelson with a birdie on the first playoff hole (No. 18). 

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