AMARILLO, Texas – History for the Holy Names University men's golf team was made Wednesday at Tascosa Golf Club when the Hawks, by way of their third-place finish at the NCAA Division II South Central/West Regional, advanced to the finals of the 2018 NCAA Division II Men's Golf Championships.
The finals of the NCAA Division II Men's Golf Championships run from May 21-25 in Muscle Shoals, Alabama at Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at The Shoals, Fighting Joe Course.
In the only the second academic year of NCAA postseason eligibility for Holy Names University, the HNU men's golf program is the first athletic team at the institution to reach the final of an NCAA Championship event.
HNU is one of 20 teams nationally to qualify for the finals. In addition to the 20 teams, eight individuals will participate in the finals for a field of 108 golfers.
The Hawks' third-place finish on Wednesday was aided by individual performances. Placing sixth on the leaderboard at 3-under-par 210 (69-69-72) was Kyle McLay (Oxnard, Calif.). The best score in the third round for the Hawks was from Zack Sims (Napa, Calif.), who carded a 69 in the round to finish the tournament 1-over-par 214 (75-70-69), tied for ninth place. McLay and Sims had 11 birdies each throughout the Regional.
Additional individual performances for the Hawks include a 9-over-par 222 (77-71-74) by Matthew Thomas (Ventura, Calif.), 15-over-par 228 (79-78-73) by Chia-Tse Lee (Howey-In-The-Hills, Fla.) and 16-over-par 229 (77-73-79) by Ross Brownlie (Hayward, Calif.).
From the NCAA South Central/West Regional, the top five finishing teams advanced to the NCAA Men's Golf Championships. St. Mary's (Texas) was the top finishing team, followed by California Baptist, then HNU. Following HNU in the team competition, also advancing to the finals was Colorado-Colorado Springs and Colorado Christian.
George Markham, from Colorado School of Mines, won the NCAA South Central/West Regional's individual championship by a playoff, and advanced as an individual to the finals.
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