Wilmington Golf Slides to Second at Atlantic/East Super Regional but Still Advances to Third Straight NCAA Division II National Tournament
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - Wheeling, W.Va.
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Junior Andrew Baldo led the Wildcats for the Super Regionals, coming in fifth overall with a 223, 10-over par. He led all participants with 40 pars in the three-days. Photo credit: Hillary Southworth, West Liberty Sports Information
Senior Nick Mafale followed Baldo with a 224, 11-over par for the tournament, placing in a tie for 11th overall. He played in the final group on Wednesday. Photo credit: Hillary Southworth, West Liberty Sports Information
The Wilmington University golf team is heading back to a third straight NCAA Division II National Tournament, placing second overall at the Atlantic/East Super Regional on Wednesday. The Wildcats placed second out of 20 teams, with the top three teams earning automatic berths into the National Tournament.
The Wildcats bounced back from a 301 second round score on Tuesday to hit a week’s best 297 on Wednesday, finishing the three round tournament with an 896, 44-over par. The team carried a four stroke lead into the final round at Speidel Golf Course at Oglebay Resort, but the Atlantic’s number one seed Indiana (Pa.) stormed back to shoot a tournament low 288 on Wednesday, overcoming the Wildcats to win by five strokes.
California (Pa.) overcame Millersville for the third and final automatic berth, scoring a 292 in the final round to finish with a 902, 50-over par. Davis and Elkins made a final round push with a 288, but fell short of California by two strokes and finished in fourth.
The Wildcats were led by junior Tomasz Pulsakowski on Wednesday, as he shot a Wilmington best 71, even par in the third round. Pulsakowski hit five birdies, three in a row starting with the fourth hole, to finished one under through the front nine. He was three under par after the 13th hole, but settled for an even 71 after 18 holes of play.
Junior Andrew Baldo finished as the top Wildcat in the tournament, coming in fifth overall after posting a 75 on Wednesday. He finished 72-76-75 for a 223, 10-over par for the tournament. He played the back nine spotless, paring every hole to remain at four-over for the day. Baldo led the Super Regional with 40 pars for the three rounds.
Senior Nick Mafale, who played in the final group on Wednesday, finished right behind Baldo in a tie for sixth overall, shooting a 77 on Wednesday. He went 75-72-77 for a 224, 11-over par in the three rounds. Mafale tied for the tournament lead on par four scoring, finishing three-over par in the three days, averaging 4.09 shots per par-four.
Junior Jerry Temple finished third on the Wildcats, coming in a tie for 15th for the tournament after shooting a 75 on Wednesday. He went 75-76-75 for a 226, 13-over par. Temple made 14 pars in the third round, with bogeys on four holes to finish his day at four-over.
Senior PJ Tighe started out hot on Wednesday, hitting a birdie on the par-three fourth while paring the other eight holes on the front nine. But the senior went six-over on the back nine to finish his third round with a 76. Tighe went 76-77-76 for a 229, 16-over par to finish in a tie for 27th overall.
Indiana (Pa.)’s Zack Kempa scored a pair of below-par rounds in his tournament to capture individual medalist honors, finishing at one-over par after a 75-79-69 three day tournament. Millersville’s Robert Coyne went 73-70-72 for a 215, two-over par tournament, finishing one stroke behind Kempa for the top honor.
Indiana (Pa.), Wilmington, and California (Pa.) move onto the NCAA Division II National Tournament at the Hershey Country Club in Hershey, Pa., which begins on Monday, May 20. All 20 participating teams with compete in three rounds of play before the top eight teams move on to a Match Play format until one team is left standing on Friday, May 24.