The 1974 and ’75 men’s golf teams represent an era in which Bluffton golfers reigned in regional competition. They were the only two golf teams in school history to claim the NAIA District 22 championship and advance to the national tournament. Four members of the 1974 team were also members of the 1975 squad.
In 1974, senior Jim Roach fired a 27-hole total of 110, just six strokes over par, to earn district medalist honors. He joined teammate Jeff Deying on the all-district team, while Tim Filipovich, Jim Frisk and Dennis Smith also recorded impressive scores to help Bluffton to the title.
The Beavers made it back-to-back District 22 championships in 1975 by carding a two-stroke victory over runner-up Walsh. Smith fired a 105 and was named all-district, while Deying, Filipovich, Frisk and newcomer Bob Carver comprised the rest of the winning team.
Jim Knox coached both teams, which won both of their district titles at Lima’s Hawthorne Hills Golf Club. Bluffton would continue to field impressive golf teams for the remainder of the ‘70s, claiming the district runner-up trophy in 1977 and third place in 1978.