Wilmington Golf Shoots Team Low 301 on Wednesday, Finish a Program Best 15th Overall At National Championship
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - Hershey, Pa.
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The complete scorecard for Wilmington University during its three rounds at the NCAA Division II National Championship. Copyright 2013; Wilmington University. All rights reserved.Seniors Nick Mafale (left) and PJ Tighe are surrounded by coaches Harry Jennings (left) and Mark Hall after finishing their collegiate careers with three straight National Championship appearances. Copyright 2013; Wilmington University. All rights reserved.Junior Jerry Temple plucks his ball out of the hole on No. 18 after hitting his par putt. He led the Wildcats with a one over 72 on Wednesday. Copyright 2013; Wilmington University. All rights reserved.
The Wilmington University golf team had its best round of the NCAA Division II National Championship on Wednesday in shooting a 301, but it wasn’t enough to move onto the elimination rounds as the Wildcats wrapped up the 2013 with a program best 15th place finish at the National Championship.
The Wildcats have improved in each of the three years the program has reached the National Championship, moving up two spots from last year’s 17th place finish in Simpsonville, Ky. Wilmington finished in a tie for 15th with Central Missouri with a three day score of 915, coming in at 65 over par for the tournament.
Wilmington was 17 shots out of the coveted eighth position, as the top eight teams after three stroke play rounds move on to the head-to-head match play rounds to determine the National Champion.
Starting on the 10th hole, the Wildcats were led by junior Jerry Temple on Wednesday. He sank two birdies and two bogeys on the back nine before finishing strong with eight pars and a bogey on the front nine to come into the clubhouse with a one over 72 on the afternoon. He finished the National Championship in a tie for 76th overall, shooting a 78-83-72 for a three day score of 233, 20 over par.
Senior PJ Tighe wrapped up his outstanding Wilmington career with a beautiful shot the ninth hole, hitting the flag stick before sticking his approach shot to within four feet of the hole. He birdied the final hole to finish one under on his back nine, shooting three birdies and two bogeys, to come into the clubhouse with a 74, three over par score. Tighe was the low scorer for the Wildcats during the week, shooting a 73-79-74 for a 226, 13 over par. He placed in a tie for 37tth overall for the National Championship.
Junior Andrew Baldo rebounded nicely from an opening round score of 84 on Monday to shoot a 76 and 75 for the final two rounds, finishing with a 235 three round score and in a tie for 83rd overall. On Wednesday, Baldo went two under par in his first nine holes, making the turn with a 33. But the front nine wasn’t as kind for the junior, as he came into the clubhouse with a four over 75.
Junior Tomasz Pulsakowski was the fourth and final scorer for the Wildcats on Wednesday, finishing his round by getting up and down from below the green to finish with a par on the No. 9. He bogeyed seven holes on the afternoon and collected a double bogey to finish with an 80, nine over par. For the tournament he went 83-78-80 for a three round score of 241, 28 over par. He finished in 99th overall for the National Championship.
Senior Nick Mafale rounded out his Wilmington career on Wednesday, shooting an 81, 10 over par for the third round. Mafale went 70-77-81 for a 228, 15 over par in the three round tournament, finishing in a tie for 44th overall. HE was the lone Wildcat to score an eagle on the week, knocking in his third shot on the par five first hole on Tuesday.
Tighe finished the National Championship in a tie for ninth on all par five holes, averaging 4.67 strokes per hole and scoring three under par for the week. He also had the 16th most birdies among the 108 competitors, sinking eight birdies in the three rounds.
Florida Southern scored a 280 on Wednesday to come from behind and steal the top seed for the match play event starting on Thursday. For the week, Florida Southern made 867 strokes, scoring 15 over par. Barry finished second overall with an 876, 24 over par. Nova Southeastern, the No. 1 team coming into the National Championship, finished third with an 877, 25 over par score.
Tim Crouch of Florida Southern earned medalist honors for the tournament, shooting a 69 on Wednesday to finish with a 211, two under score. He went 71-71-69 for the tournament to win the tiebreaker over Western Washington’s Jake Webb and USC-Aiken’s Matt Atkins who also scored a 211 through the three rounds. Webb scored a tournament low 65 on Wednesday to get into the running.