Florida Tech Advances To Match Play At NCAA Championships, First Time In Program History

By  //  May 25, 2017

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For the first time in program history, the Florida Tech men’s golf team advance to the match play rounds at the NCAA Division II Men’s Golf National Championship after placing in the Top-8 through 54 holes of play at Reunion Resort’s Watson Course. (FIT Image)

KISSIMMEE, FLORIDA – For the first time in program history, the Florida Tech men’s golf team advance to the match play rounds at the NCAA Division II Men’s Golf National Championship after placing in the Top-8 through 54 holes of play at Reunion Resort’s Watson Course.

The Panthers earned the No. 5 seed in match play after ending in fifth through the opening three rounds of stroke play with a total team score of 868 (277-284-307). FIT will take on No. 4 seed Lynn in the quarterfinal round on Thursday.

Barry corralled the No. 1 seed in match play after finishing atop the standings through three rounds with a score of 850 (274-278-298). Florida Southern and West Florida are the No. 2 and 3 seeds, respectively. Newberry, Ferris State and Arkansas Tech take up seeds 6-8.

An individual national champion was awarded on Wednesday with West Florida’s Chandler Blanchet (-1) taking the crown with a three round total of 209 (70-66-73). FSC’s John Coultas (E) finished second overall, while Barry’s Niclas Weiland, Le Moyne’s John Clare and California Baptist’s Trevor Lampson tied for third at one-over par.

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Max O’Hagan (+2) finished just three strokes off the national title in a tie for sixth with a score of 212 (67-70-75). Han Xue (+8) tied for 26th in the standings at 218 (67-73-78), while Shanren Brienen and Jonas Kugel finished in a tie for 32nd with a score of 10-over par 220. Gaelen Trew (+13) rounded out the Florida Tech contingent in a tie for 45th with a total of 223 (72-73-78).

The quarterfinals of the NCAA National Championship begin Thursday morning at 7:30 a.m. ET. FIT is set to take on No. 5 seed Lynn in match play beginning at 7:30 a.m. ET.

Fans can access a link to live results at FloridaTechSports.com


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