Head coach Dave Jennings purchased Harry Potter squeeze toys after the second round as good luck for the Central Alabama men's golf team.
It worked as the Trojans hoisted the NJCAA Division I National Championship Tournament trophy Friday evening at Duran Golf Club in Viera, FL. Central Alabama shot a final round 8-under 280 as a team which was the best round of the day for the second straight day.
"We are all Christian guys of course and we know he is with us all the time but I had to go find a good luck charm and went to Wal-Mart and got these Harry Potter squeeze toys and told guys to grab Harry every time you hit a good or bad shot," Jennings said. "They played amazing golf. For the guys to shoot these kinds of scores is just outstanding. They picked a great time to peak."
The championship is the seventh overall for Central Alabama and second under Jennings who was named the Coach of the Year.
"This is really special, it's my second one here and the program's seventh. Our town of Alexander City needed something like this. For years and years this has been a really good golf program and I am just honored to be a part of it," Jennings said. It is extra special."
Midland College's Callum Bruce won the individual medalist, shooting a final-round 6-under 66 and finished the tournament 17-under.
"It was great, unfortunately as a team we didn't get the win, but I had a good week," Bruce said. "My irons were good the entire week. I hit them almost so good that I couldn't miss the putts, especially the first two rounds."
Central Alabama's Jack Poole was one stroke behind Bruce and placed second with teammate Owen Burt placing third at 10-under.
Indian Hills Community College finished second overall at 23-under par after shooting a 6-over 294 in the final round led by the duo of George Clarke, Joe Hodgson and Jesse MacNaughtan who all finished in the top 10.
Midland College placed third at 22-under while New Mexico Junior College finished fourth at 18-under.