Men’s Golf Finishes 17th at NCAA Division II Championships
Thursday, May 17, 2012 - Simpsonville, Ky.
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Junior PJ TigheSenior Dan OttSophomore Jerry Temple
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The Wilmington University men’s golf team got off to a rough start on Wednesday and couldn’t recover, as the Wildcats shot a 312 for the third round of the NCAA Division II Championships, finishing the stroke play portion of the tournament with a 300-297-312-909 score and in 17th place.
The Wildcats finished outside the top eight teams, meaning their run at their second straight NCAA Division II Championships are over. The top eight teams advance to the team head-to-head stroke play portion of the Championship until a winner is crowned as the National Champions. The Wildcats finished 19th at the 2011 championships.
Three Wildcats shot a five-over 77 on Thursday while senior Dan Ott rounded out his collegiate career with an 81 in round three, shooting 78-75-81 for a 234 (+18) on the tournament.
Junior PJ Tighe was three-under through the first two rounds, but hit a double bogey on the front and back nine to shoot a 77 third round score to finish the tournament 71-70-77-218 (+2). Starting on the back nine, Tighe birdied nine to close out his round, capping the best tournament by a Wildcat at the Cardinal Club. He also birdied five to shoot a 37 on the front nine. He placed in a tie for 30th on the tournament.
Ott birdied his second hold of the day, 11th tee, but followed that hole up with a bogey, double-bogey to nullify the birdie. The senior came back and birdied 17 to make the turn with a 37 (+1), but fell victim to two double-bogeys on the front to finish the round at +9.
Sophomore Andrew Baldo also shot a 77 for the third round, birdieing his final hole of the day to finish the front nine with a 37 (+1). Baldo was also hindered by a pair of double-bogeys, shooting a six on 18 and again on seven. He shot 82-78-77-237 (+21) for the tournament.
Sophomore Jerry Temple shot a par on seven of the first nine holes to start the round, but hit a double on the par-five 17 and came in at the turn with a 39 (+3). He birdied the fifth and six holes on the front nine, but finished the round with a bogey on nine to shoot a 38 (+2) on the back to finish with a 77. Temple shot a 74-74-77-225 (+9) for the Wildcats, finishing in a tie for 62nd on the tournament.
The eight teams that advanced to the match play event were Wilmington’s paired partners for the first two rounds Chico State and Barry, as well as Nova Southeastern, Central Oklahoma, CSU-Stanislaus, Georgia College & State; USC-Aiken and Central Missouri.
NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championship:
1 – Chico State 289-277-285-851; 2 – Nova Southeastern 291-284-280-855; 3 – Central Oklahoma 279-290-287-856; 4 – CSU-Stanislaus 294-279-286-858; 5 – Georgia College & State 289-288-285-862; 6 – Barry 290-287-289-866; 7 – USC-Aiken 292-288-290-870; 8 – Central Missouri 295-289-289-873; 9 – Western Washington 287-291-296-874; 10 – UNC Pembroke 285-299-295-879; 11 – Colorado School of Mines 293-291-298-882; 11 – Indianapolis 298-294-290-882; 13 – St. Edward’s 291-289-303-993; 14 – IUP 290-293-301-884; 15 – Washburn 304-298-292-894; 16 – Grand Canyon 292-304-301-897; 17 – Wilmington – 300-297-312-909; 18 – St. Thomas Aquinas 301-310-319-930; 19 – Concord 314-307-310-931; 20 – Post 334-306-310-950