Grand Canyon 3rd, Hawai‘i Hilo 8th, Dixie State 10th at NCAA II Central/West Super Regional
The three-day, 54-hole event wraps up on Wednesday, May 9, at the Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park, AZ. Grand Canyon University is serving as the host institution with live stats for the tournament available at www.gculopes.com.
All three PacWest teams, along with individual players Jon Scolari of BYU-Hawaii and Troy Davis of Notre Dame de Namur, are battling to advance to the national championship May 15-19 at The Cardinal Club in Simpsonville, KY.
PacWest Champion Grand Canyon currently sits third in the super regional with a three-under par 573 after posting a 285 on Monday and a 288 on Tuesday. GCU is in solid position to advance to the national tournament.
The Antelopes are four strokes ahead of Cal State Stanislaus and six in front of Western Washington who are fourth and fifth, respectively. Chico State is nine-under-par and leads the field with a 567 two-day score. Colorado School of Mines is second with a five-under-par 571.
Cal State Monterey Bay is the biggest threat to the Antelopes in terms of knocking GCU out of the top five and preventing a trip to nationals, but the Antelopes lead the Otters by 11 strokes heading into the final round.
The Antelopes are in good position to advance to the national championship tournament, while Hawai‘i Hilo and Dixie State will require a lot of catch up on Wednesday. The Vulcans are 19 over par with a 595 after firing a 295 on Tuesday and a 300 on Monday. Dixie State is 10th with a +23 after two days, totaling a 599 over 36 holes.
Grand Canyon’s Ryan Mahoney is the top PacWest golfer so far in the event. He is sixth with a four-under-par 140 after consistent rounds on 70 of Monday and Tuesday. GCU’s Brandon Moore is tied for ninth with a 142 (-2) following a 70 on Monday and a 72 on Tuesday, while Tyler Wooldridge of Grand Canyon also is below par with a two-day total of 143 – one under for the 36 holes.
BYU-Hawaii’s Jon Scolari is the top PacWest soloist in the tournament with a two-day score of 141. He fired a 74 on Day 1 before unleashing a five-under-par 67 on Day 2 to wind up tied for seventh. He is currently tied with Colorado State Pueblo’s James Barry for the second and final slot at nationals that is available to players not on teams in the top five in the region. The top two individuals not on a team will go to NCAA II National Championship Tournament.
Dixie State’s Kyle Chappell and David Cunningham, Hawai‘i Hilo’s Corey Kozuma, and NDNU’s Troy Davis are tied for 18th – each with a two-over-par 146.
The 2012 NCAA field includes 20 teams from the Central and West Regions in a three-day, 54-hole tournament held May 7-9 on the par-72 Gold Course. Eight individuals from the Central and West regions also are competing in the event.
Teams representing the Central Region include Colorado-Colorado
Springs, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State-Pueblo, Western
New Mexico, Nebraska-Kearney, St. Cloud State, Minnesota State
Mankato, Colorado Mesa, Bemidji State and Concordia-St. Paul.
The individuals from that region are Eric Hieb from Augustana, Minkyu Jeon from Colorado Christian, Charlie Laudermilk from Fort Lewis and Jon Anderson from Upper Iowa.
In addition to the three PacWest teams, the West Region field includes Cal State Stanislaus, Chico State, Western Washington, Cal State Monterey Bay, UC San Diego, Cal State East Bay and St. Martin’s.
Individuals from the West Region include Troy Davis from Notre Dame de Namur, Garrett Howard from Cal State San Bernardino, Jon Scolari from BYU-Hawai’i and Steven Warne from Sonoma State.