Panthers Fall In Quest For National Golf Finals

By  //  May 10, 2012

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Ousted by one stroke

The season has ended for Florida Tech's mens' golf team after failing to qualify for the NCAA Division II championships. (Image courtesy of Florida Tech)

CONOVER, N.C.   Florida Tech narrowly missed forcing a playoff for the final spot in the national championship tournament, placing sixth by one stroke at the NCAA Division II South/Southeast Regional at Rock Barn Golf & Spa on Wednesday.

Entering the day, the eighth-seeded Panthers were in second place, just one stroke off the leader, Georgia College & State.

As play unfolded in the third and final regional round, the Panthers found themselves hovering around fifth place.

Entering the last five holes, it was evident they were going to need a strong finish to have a chance to qualify.

That opportunity came as Florida Tech needed to sink one birdie on the 18th green.

The putt, however, never fell into the cup, and South Carolina-Aiken was saved from playing a playoff with the Panthers.

Florida Tech concluded the tournament with a 17-over-par 881.

Florida Tech's Christian Westhorpe was 15th overall in the NCAA Division II South/Southeast Regional in North Carolina. (Image courtesy Florida Tech)

Leading the team was Christian Westhorpe, who tied for 15th out of 108 participants at three-over (219). Patrick Sheedy tied for 28th at six-over (221).

Colin Flabbi matched his second-round 75 in the third round to tie for 38th (223). Brandon Lau accumulated one more stroke than Flabbi overall and tied for 44th (224). Ray Badenhorst carded a 237.

Georgia College & State hung on to win the regional at five-over (869) following a third-round 289. Barry narrowly missed tying the region champion by one stroke (870). Nova Southeastern (872), UNC Pembroke (876) and South Carolina-Aiken (880) placed third through fifth, respectively.

South Carolina-Aiken’s Matt Atkins (210) hoisted the individual trophy by a mere stroke over Georgia Southwestern State’s J.P. Griffin, Georgia College & State’s Taylor Smith and Nova Southeastern’s Ben Taylor. All tied for second at five-under (211).