NSU, RSU, UCO wrap up MIAA Championship, hope for regional berths

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Northeastern State moved up to third, Rogers State was right behind in fourth and Central Oklahoma tied for sixth as the MIAA Men’s Golf Championship concluded Wednesday at Shoal Creek Golf Club in Kansas City, Mo.

NSU fired off a 288 in Wednesday’s final round of the MIAA Men’s Golf Championship and finished in third place shooting an 897 (299-310-288).  The RiverHawks finished 10 shots behind winner Missouri Southern and five behind second place Central Missouri.

NSU turned in the second-lowest round of the day shooting a 4-over-par score to earn its second consecutive top-3 finish at the MIAA Championship.

Will Livermore entered the day tied for the lead and took home a second-place tie with a 220 (72-74-74).  The freshman finished his final eight holes with a 1-under score but couldn’t overcome four bogeys on the front nine.

Parker Rose turned in the second-lowest score of the day with an even 71 and moved upward five spots to tie for sixth at 222.  Brett Wilcoxen was one of four golfers to shoot an under-par score on Wednesday with a 70 and moved up 14 spots on the leaderboard and took a 14th-place tie with a 226 (78-78-70).

Gabe Replogle had a 233 (77-79-77) and was tied for 31st place and Cole Waymire took a 38th place tie with a 236 (80-83-73).

Missouri Southern claimed its second consecutive MIAA Men’s Golf Championship with Southern’s Luis Limon taking medalist honors by three strokes.

The RiverHawks were not among the 11 teams in the most recent NCAA Central Region Poll, thus making it unlikely they will be selected for their 20th national postseason appearance.  However, the team’s finish at the MIAA Championship could add to its resume for selection which takes place on Friday, April 26.

Rogers State finished in fourth place after turning in a card of 901 (+49). The trio of Thomas Barnes Grimes, Elliot-Han Monteremal and Ty Nicar all led the Hillcats in a group of six tied at 14th after the three shot 226 (+13) for the tournament. Daniel Robles Delval finished in a four-way tie for 20th with a card of 229 (+16). Tyler Collier rounded out the squad in a group of six tied at 24th with a 230 (+17).

The Hillcats will now hope to hear their name called for the NCAA Division II Midwest/Central Region Championship on Friday, April 26. They sat at No. 5 in the Central Region as of the most recent regional rankings last week.

Jordan Wilson fired an even-par 71 to finish in fifth place in leading Central Oklahoma.

The Bronchos knocked 17 shots off their second-round score in closing with a 292, finishing with a 909 total that left them tied for sixth in the team standings.

Wilson ended up fifth in the individual standings with a 221 total and Baylor Bostick carded a final-round 72. Bennett Baldwin tied for 14th at 226 after closing with a 74, while Dylan Henderson shot 75 and Nick Canales 77.

“I was proud of the way the guys finished the tournament today,” head coach Derrick Thompson said. “We were out of it, but they battled today and that was good to see. We just didn’t play very well the first two days and that put us in a bind.

“We’re better than what we showed in this tournament. I know our guys are anxious to get back to work and we’re looking forward to the regional.”

UCO will have three weeks to prepare for the NCAA Division II Central/Midwest Super Regional Tournament, which is set for May 9-11 at KickingBird Golf Course in Edmond.

Wilson got off to a great start in the final round, birdieing the par-4 first and par-4 fourth holes. The junior transfer bogeyed No. 7 in making the turn at 1-under 35, then ripped off six straight pars.

Another birdie on the par-4 16th got Wilson back to 2-under, but bogeys on the final two holes dropped him back to even for the day.

Bostick offset a bogey on No. 6 with birdies on the par-4 second and par-5 seventh in making the turn at 35. The freshman opened the back nine with six consecutive pars to stay there before bogeying Nos. 16 and 18 in coming in with his 72.


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