INDIANA, Pa. — The Penn State Altoona men’s golf team won the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference championship for the third consecutive season and eighth time overall when the Lions finished in first place out of nine teams at the conclusion of the second and final round of the tournament at Indiana Country Club.
With the victory, Penn State Altoona receives the AMCC’s automatic berth to compete in the NCAA Division III Championships. The Lions will make their seventh-ever NCAA postseason appearance at the national tournament, which is scheduled for May 14-17 at Boulder Creek Golf Club in Boulder City, Nevada.
Pitt-Greensburg earned AMCC runner-up status with a two-day team score of 648, and Penn State Behrend placed third with 657.
Penn State Altoona’s Trey Heffelfinger, of Mount Union, won the AMCC individual title, edging past teammate Peter Nusbaum, of Pittsboro, North Carolina, in a playoff. Heffelfinger and Nusbaum finished atop the 44-player leaderboard, after both compiled two-round scores of 148, with Nusbaum shooting 74 on Tuesday and Heffelfinger firing a 77.
Jack DiTrani, of Hinsdale, Illinois, shot 77 in Tuesday’s round, totaling 155 in the tournament to finish in fourth place individually.
Heffelfinger, Nusbaum and DiTrani all earned spots on the AMCC’s All-Tournament team by virtue of their top-five finishes.
Jack Ankeny, of Davidsville, carded an 82 on Tuesday and finished with a two-round score of 159 to tie for sixth place individually. Andrew Bruce, of Moon Township, shot 81 in the second round, totaling 168 to tie for 16th place.
Next up, Penn State Altoona men’s golf wraps up the fall portion of its 2023-24 schedule on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 23 and 24, when the team will host the NCAA Region V Showcase at the Warren Golf Course at Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind.
After that, the team will break from intercollegiate competition until the spring semester, when Penn State Altoona will play in several events in preparation for the NCAA postseason tournament.