Crusaders falter late at NCAA regional

2013-05-17T17:45:00Z Crusaders falter late at NCAA regionalPaul Oren Times Correspondent
May 17, 2013 5:45 pm  • 

A poor finish disrupted an otherwise solid day at the Scarlet Course for the Valparaiso men’s golf team on the second day of the NCAA regional in Columbus.

The Crusaders combined to have six bogeys and three double bogeys in the last four holes of the day as Valparaiso ended the day in last place among the 13 teams competing at the Columbus Regional.

Valparaiso shot a 308 on Friday afternoon and is 11 strokes behind 12th place Georgia Southern. UNLV and South Carolina are on top of the team leaderboard with 584 stokes. The top five teams advance out of the weekend.

Austin Gaugert shot a team-best 74 on Friday, carding two birdies on the back nine. Andy Webb was even through the turn, but then sandwiched two double bogeys around a birdie on his final three holes of the day for a round of 76. Webb leads the Crusaders with six birdies through the first two rounds of the tournament, but the senior also has nine bogeys and four double bogeys.

Thomas Wettstein added Valparaiso’s only other birdie of the day as the Crusaders struggled as the day went on. Brad Winters shot an 84 one day after he led the Crusaders with a first round score of 76.

Valparaiso will conclude the tournament this morning and will finish its season barring a strong turnaround. The Crusaders will be the last team to tee off for the second straight day and they will be partnered with golfers who individually qualified for the NCAA tournament.

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