Rogers State’s Palmowski earns spot in DII National Championship, SWOSU just misses

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Rogers State men’s golf’s Luke Palmowski has qualified for the NCAA DII Men’s Golf National Championships after recording a sixth-place finish at the NCAA DII Central/Midwest Regional Championships on Saturday at Shoal Creek Golf Club.

For the third-consecutive day, Palmowski, who golfed as an individual this week, shot a round of even par, firing a 71 to move up two spots on the leaderboard.

Palmowski finished as the top individual that was not a part of the four qualifying teams from the regional, earning himself a spot in the national championships, which will be hosted at the PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

The Rotherham, England native opened up his final round on hole 10 and scored four-consecutive pars. Following a bogey on 14, the junior responded with a par and then a birdie on 16 to get back to even par. Palmowski would then record pars over the final 11 holes to finish with his third-straight 71 and a three-round total of 213.

Palmowski earned the bid to the national championships by one stroke, beating out Ryan Zetwick of Hillsdale College and Kason Cook of Southwestern Oklahoma State. Palmowski entered the day two shot behind Cook on the player leaderboard.

Palmowski is the first Hillcat to qualify for the NCAA D2 National Championships in men’s golf. Rogers State’s previous best was back-to-back trips to the regional championships in 2017 and 2018.

The NCAA D2 Men’s Golf National Championships will take place May 17-21 at the PGA National with the three-round tournament to crown the individual champion taking place May 17-19.

SWOSU just misses with fifth place finish

Southwestern OSU came up just shy of making a return trip to the NCAA Division II National Championships after finishing fifth at the Midwest/Central Super Regional, which concluded on Saturday in Kansas City.

The Bulldogs were right on the cut line for the entire week, sitting tied for fourth place after the first round and fifth going into the final round, with the top four teams clinching a berth in the National Championships. SWOSU went into Saturday one shot behind Arkansas Tech for fourth and they eclipsed Henderson State, who entered in third, but Washburn jumped the Bulldogs with a team score of one-under in the final round and claimed the fourth and final advancing position along with Central Missouri, Indianapolis and Arkansas Tech.

Senior Kason Cook closed out his season in style, finishing 10th at 1-over par, which included a 1-under in the first round. Heston Brown had the low round of the week with a 67 on Friday and he finished 3-over for the week and tied for 13th. Gregor Weck was 6-over and tied for 23rd, while Anders Strand (T-45) and Gustavo Tineo (T-63) rounded out the scoring.

“I’m very proud of our guys, I thought we played as well as we have all year this weekend and this is the time of year you want to be at your best,” SWOSU coach Brad Fleetwood said. “These guys battled to the very end and played well all week to give themselves a shot to advance to Nationals, so it hurts to come up short of that goal but I couldn’t be more proud of their effort.”


 

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