Men's Golf Competes at Heart Championship, Sakai Player of the Year

Posted May 2, 2017

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Marshall, Mo. (May 2, 2017)- The Missouri Valley College men’s golf team competed at the Heart of America Athletic Conference Championship at Hail Ridge Golf Course in Boonville, Mo.  The Vikings finished with three golfers in the top ten, including the Heart’s Player of the Year and the conference’s Coach of the Year.


The Viking men’s golf team was led by Freshman Robert Cull (Liverpool, England), who finished in a tie for sixth.  Cull ended the tournament with a +10 (223), eleven shots behind the individual champion.  Cull shot a low-round of -1 (70) in Tuesday’s third round.  Finishing one shot behind in a tie for ninth were Sophomore Hamish Gorn (Dunfremline, Scotland) and Junior Shawn Cook (Hamilton, Mo.), both shooting a +11 (224) in the tournament.  Gorn’s low-round was an even-par in the third round, while Cook shot a -1 (70) in the second round.  The final team scorer was Senior Kaz Sakai (Palm Desert, Calif.) who shot a +22 (235) to finish in a tie for No. 32.  Freshman Jan Jedlicka (Opava-Vavrovice, Czech Republic) placed in a tie for No. 36, shooting a +25 (238).


As a team, the Vikings placed fifth, with a final score of 905.  Grand View (Iowa) University finished as the conference champion, finishing with a final score of 881.


Five members of the MVC men’s golf team were named to the Heart All-Conference Team for their performance during the season.  Sakai earned all-conference honors, and was recognized as the Player of the Year in the conference from the 2016-17 season.  Joining Sakai on the all-conference team were Cull, Gorn, Cook, and Jedlicka.  Also, Head Coach Jordan Dickson was named the Heart’s Co-Coach of the Year.


The Viking men’s golf season comes to an end, but the women’s team will compete at the Heart Championship May 8-9 at Edmunson Golf Course in Oskaloosa, Iowa.




Known for its dynamic, richly diverse, and friendly educational environment, Missouri Valley College offers many opportunities to grow in mind, body, and spirit. Grounded in the liberal arts, undergraduate studies empower students to master interdisciplinary skills needed to succeed in a knowledge-based global society. MVC offers over 30 academic programs, study abroad program, extracurricular activities, and 13 sports. The most popular majors include education and business, criminal justice and exercise science. Above all, Valley is committed to student success. For more information, call (660) 831-4000 or visit


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