, Muskogee, OK

May 19, 2013

NSU women finish eighth; OU, Arkansas, OSU headed to nationals

Phoenix wire reports

— DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Northeastern State women’s golf team shot 331 in Saturday’s final round to finish eighth at the 2013 NCAA Division II Championships on the par-72, 6,228-yard Legends Course at LPGA International.

The RiverHawks were the low finisher of the three representatives from the Central Region, ending the tournament at 138-over-par 1,290. No. 17-ranked Central Oklahoma placed 10th at 146-over 1,298, while No. 15 Augustana College finished 11th at 150-over 1,302.

NSU also bested No. 22 California (Pa.) by a single stroke. The team had a sizable lead on the Vulcans for the majority of the day, but the two squads found themselves tied late in the afternoon.

Northeastern State’s two seniors, Whitney McAteer and Kelsey Kirkpatrick, both chipped in for birdie within five minutes of each other late in their rounds, and Kirkpatrick added another birdie on her 17th hole of the day to ensure the RiverHawks would not have to share eighth-place honors.

McAteer’s chip-in came on the fourth hole, her 13th of the day, while Kirkpatrick chipped in on the fifth hole, her 14th of the day.

The RiverHawks were making their seventh appearance at the national championships since 2000, and they have finished in the top eight in all seven trips.

No. 2 Lynn overtook No. 1 Nova Southeastern for the team championship. Lynn won its first national championship at 35-over 1,187, finishing three strokes ahead of the four-time-defending champs.

Kirkpatrick fired a 76 in the final round, her lowest of the tournament, to shoot 21-over 309 and finish in a tie for 29th. McAteer posted a 24-over 312 and tied for 35th, and freshman McCandren Lewis shot 41-over 329 to end in a tie for 56th.

Sophomore Alex Koch ended the tournament in 65th position at 52-over 340, and freshman Kayla Schroeder carded a 94-over 382 to finish in solo 72nd.

Barry’s Nancy Vergara took home individual honors after firing a 75 in the final round. She won the national championship at 3-over 291.

Northeastern State was making its seventh appearance in the national finals and the first since 2007. The seven appearances are tied for fifth-most in NCAA Division II history and are the most of any team participating at this year’s championships.

OU men advance to NCAA tourney

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.  — The Oklahoma men’s golf team tied for fifth place at the NCAA Tallahassee Regional, and after a playoff on the 18th hole with South Florida, OU will advance to its third straight and 34th overall NCAA Championships. The 54-hole regional was played at the 6,965-yard, par-72 Golden Eagle Golf and Country Club in Tallahassee, Fla.

After the third round of play, the Sooners and South Florida were tied for the final advancing position, finishing the tournament with an 854 (-10). In order to determine which team would compete in the finals, the two teams re-played the 18th hole. OU recorded a combined score of 17, while South Florida registered a 20.

On the par-five playoff hole, OU’s Abraham Ancer, Will Kropp and Beau Titsworth each carded a birdie score of 4, while Charlie Saxon scored a 5 and junior Michael Schoolcraft a 7. Schoolcraft’s score was dropped.

“It was the most amazing experience for our guys today, maybe even better than winning a golf tournament,” OU head coach Ryan Hybl said. “Every guy played a huge role this week, and we survived. It was an awesome week for us and for our program.”

The NCAA Championships are slated for May 28-June 2 at the Capital City Club Crabapple Course in Atlanta, Ga. Other advancing teams from the NCAA Tallahassee Regional are North Florida, Washington, Florida State and Georgia Tech. Daniel Walker of Richmond moves on as an individual.

In Saturday’s final round, the Sooners, who competed as the No. 5 seed in the 13-team field, recorded a 289 (+1).

Ancer shot a 2-under-par 70 on the last 18 holes, bringing his three-round total to 209 (-7). With a three-round 212 (-4), Schoolcraft finished in a tie for 19th. On Saturday, the junior posted a 2-over 74.

Saxon, a sophomore, tied for 29th place with a three-round 216 (E). He shot a 2-over-par 74 in the final round.

 Freshman Titsworth carded an even-par round of 72 for the second straight day and posted a 2-over-par 218 for the tournament. Kropp finished the regional at 10 over par after shooting a 73 (+1) on Saturday.

Arkansas, OSU men moving on

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas men’s golf team did what it set out to do as it advanced to the NCAA Championships with a second-place finish at the NCAA Fayetteville Regional at Blessings Golf Club on Saturday.

The Razorbacks entered the final round with a one stroke lead over Illinois and after falling behind by as many as seven strokes, put together a big finish to pull within one as players began making their way up the 18th fairway.  Illinois would ultimately prevail with a team score of one-under par for the 54-hole tournament while the Razorbacks shot two-over par.  Texas finished a distant third at 16-over par with Oklahoma State (+18) and No. 28 Kent State (+28) also making the NCAA Championships field with top five team finishes.

Tulsa posted a final round 313 (+25) to finish in seventh.

Individually for Arkansas, Austin Cook finished in a tie for second with a three-round total of 214 (-2). Taylor Moore came in tied for eighth (218, +2), with Sebastian Cappelen (220 +4), Nicolas Echavarria (220, +4) and Thomas Sorensen (225, +9) rounding out the scoring for the Razorbacks.

“We advanced to the NCAA Championship and that is the most important thing from this week,” Arkansas coach Brad McMakin said.  “I couldn’t be more proud of the way that this team played.  Over the three days we never counted a score above 74 which is nearly impossible to do on this course.  Illinois deserved to win the team title because they also had a great tournament and made big shots down the stretch.”

Oklahoma State was led by Kevin Dougherty whose three-day total of 216 (E) tied him for fifth. Jordan Niebrugge totaled 219 (+3) while Ian Davis (220, +4), Talor Gooch (227, +11) and Patrick Winther (244, +28) completed the Cowboys’ scores.

Tulsa’s top golfer was Mark Mumford who came in 20th at 223 (+7). Chris Worrell ended his tournament with a score of 228 (+12) while Colton Staggs (231, +15), Matt Mabrey (233, +17) and Lodan McCracken (236, +20) completed the Golden Hurricane’s scorecards.