Golf-M at NCAA Division II National Championship
Advance to Match Play
Men’s Golf Moves On to Match Play at NCAA National Championship
Modified May 22, 2013 09:59 PM
Hershey, Pa. – Lynn University’s men’s golf team secured it’s place in the match play portion of the NCAA Division II National Championship after tying for fourth place following the third round of play. Daniel Young shot a one-over par 72 to close out competition tied for seventh individually, earning NCAA All-Tournament honors while also setting a school record with his 17th career top-10 finish.
After rounds on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, the final eight teams were paired against each other (1 vs. 8, 2 vs. 7, 3 vs. 6, 4 vs. 5) for one versus one stroke/match play. The Fighting Knights will square-off against South Carolina–Aiken in the 4/5 match-up. Individuals from each team are paired against each other with the lowest 18-hole total winning the point in best-of-five play.
Florida Southern (867)shot a tournament-low 280 to overcome a huge deficit and earn the top seed. The Mocs will battle eighth-seeded Western Washington (898). Second-seeded Barry (876) faces-off against No. 7 Missouri-St. Louis (898) and No. 3 Nova Southeastern (877) takes on No. 6 CSU-Monterey Bay.
Young continued his steady play off the first tee, paring the first four holes before birdying No. 5. Bogeys at No. 9 & No. 11 pushed him to one-over par but a lip-out for eagle on the par 5 No. 14 hole brought him back to even. Hitting from the rough on No. 17, his second shot sailed into the bunker and he needed three more shots to finish play with a 54-hole score of 217, six-strokes back of winner Tim Crouch of Florida Southern. In addition, Young was honored after play as a PING Division II First Team All-American, marking the third consecutive year an LU golfer has been a first team selection.
Filip Timmerman posted the second-lowest round of the day for the Blue & White, overcoming a bogey on the first hole and double on No. 5 to shoot a three-over 74. He birdied two holes to end play with his lowest score of the 54-hole tournament.
Jose Andres Miranda struggled to find the greens in regulation but found himself one-over par through 15 holes. But bogeys on the final three holes dropped his score to 75. Roberto Francioni slapped it around for much of the day with 11 pars only to also log six bogeys. His birdie on the par 5 hole No. 14 helped him recover for a +5, 76. Ernesto Vitienes rounded out the LU contingent by shooting a 77, respectively. He carded 12 pars and one birdie but had five bogeys and one double.
This is the third year of match play in the national championship and Lynn has participated two out of three years. LU finished as the national runner-up in 2011.
Lynn tees-off against SC-Aiken beginning at 7:39 on the 10th tee box. The Fighting Knights match-play order is Miranda, Francioni, Young, Vitienes and Timmerman. Fans can keep track of the action through live stats at LynnFightingKnights.com and receive in-tournament updates by following @LUKnights on Twitter and Instagram.