LAWRENCE, Kan. – The Northeastern State men’s golf team finished second after Wednesday’s final round of the 2014 MIAA Men’s Golf Championship, which was contested on the par-72, 7,092-yard Alvamar Golf Club championship course.
The RiverHawks shot a 1-over-par 289 – their lowest round of the tournament and the low team score of the day – to ensure the second-place effort. NSU finished the tournament with a three-round score of 19-over 883 (291-303-289). No. 9 Central Missouri (283-288-296) stayed on top of the overall standings with a final score of 3-over 867. Central Oklahoma (304-301-297) went low in the final round to jump four positions and tie for third with Lincoln (300-295-307) at 902.
Northeastern State ended the season-long race for the MIAA Championship in second place with 49 points (through four events). UCM (56) finished in first place, and UCO was third with 43 points.
Junior Brad Hager carded the low-round of the tournament (67) Wednesday to vault into solo fifth at 3-over 219 (77-75-67). He was named to the All-MIAA Team with 24.5 points through the four tournaments. He finished sixth in the MIAA standings.
Junior Josh Strimple (73-74-75) and freshman Tate Williamson (73-76-73) tied for ninth at 6-over 222, and sophomore Brent Williamson landed at T-15 with a 9-over 225 (73-78-74). Freshman Marc Johnson rounded out the team score with a T-42 effort at 20-over 236 (72-85-79).
Central Missouri’s Cy Moritz (68-71-73) went wire-to-wire to win the individual tournament at 4-under 212. He finished five strokes ahead of teammate Travis Mays (71-72-74) and Southwest Baptist’s Clayton Moles (71-72-74).
The RiverHawks will now await a bid into the NCAA Central/Midwest Super Regional. The NCAA Selection Show will be held at 3 p.m. April 25 on NCAA.com.
For Central Oklahoma, Eric Kline and Matt Helms sparked a final-round rally that lifted the team into a third-place tie. Kline fired an even-par 72 and Helms had a 73 as the Bronchos shot a closing 297 to jump from seventh with a 54-hole total of 902.
Kline and Helms led the way, with the Bronchos also getting a 75 from Joby Gray, a 77 from Russ Purser and a 78 from Logan Gray. Kline had the top individual finish at 14th with a 224 total, while Helms and Joby Gray tied for 18th at 226.
Kline started his final round on No. 11 and was three-over-par after just seven holes before catching fire. He made three birdies in a five-hole span and played the last 11 holes three-under to get back to even-par.
Helms opened with a birdie on his first hole at No. 12 and was two-under through five holes, but made three bogeys the rest of the way for his 73.
The Bronchos now wait and see if they will receive a bid into the NCAA Division II Central/Midwest Super Regional, which will be held May 5-7 in Eureka, Mo.
2014 MIAA MEN’S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP – Final Results
April 23, 2014 at Lawrence, Kan.
(par-72, 7,092-yard Alvamar Golf Club Championship Course)
1. #9 Central Missouri 283-288-296=867 (+3)
2. (RV) Northeastern State 291-303-289=883 (+19)
T3. (RV) Central Oklahoma 304-301-297=902 (+38)
Lincoln 300-295-307=902 (+38)
T5. Lindenwood 297-300-308=905 (+41)
Washburn 294-300-311=905 (+41)
7. Missouri Western State 301-303-302=906 (+42)
8. (RV) Nebraska-Kearney 306-308-304=918 (+54)
9. Missouri Southern State 309-305-307=921 (+57)
10. Fort Hays State 309-319-310=938 (+74)
11. Southwest Baptist 321-317-311=949 (+85)
12. Pittsburg State 316-314-325=955 (+91)
1. Cy Moritz (Central Missouri) 68-71-73=212 (-4)
T2. Travis Mays (Central Missouri) 71-72-74=217 (+1)
Clayton Moles (Southwest Baptist) 71-72-74=217 (+1)
4. Robby Hughey (Central Missouri) 72-69-77=218 (+2)
5. Brad Hager (Northeastern State) 77-75-67=219 (+3)
5. Brad Hager 77-75-67=219 (+3)
T9. Josh Strimple 73-74-75=222 (+6)
Tate Williamson 73-76-73=222 (+6)
T15. Brent Williamson 73-78-74=225 (+9)
T42. Marc Johnson 72-85-79=236 (+20)