(LIMA) - Bluffton cappped off a terrific Northwest Conference season by winning the NWC Tournament held at Colonial Golf Club. The Pirates won the 18 hole tournament by six strokes over runner up Allen East. Combined with an undefeated regular season, the Pirates were crowned Northwest Conference Champions and came home to a king's parade down Main Street Bluffton.
Brad Prater was named Northwest Conference Coach of the Year. Rich Streicher earned all-conference honors for his play througout the season. Eli Runk and Aaron Belcher earned second team honors and James Harrod was Honorable Mention NWC.
The Pirates won the tournament with a team score of 356. Allen East was second at 362, followed by Lincolnview (363), Jefferson (374), Spencerville (378), Crestview (393), Columbus Grove (403), and Paulding (432). Ada took part in the tournament but did not receive a team score due to only having three golfers. Allen East's Kayne Richardson shot a 79 to win medalist honors.
Bluffton was led by freshman Aaron Belcher's 85 score. Streicher and Harrod both carded 88 and Eli Runk rounded out the Pirate scoring effort with a 95.