SEOSU’s Foster, James qualify for D-II National Championship

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HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Hayden Foster finished 2-under-par to finish tied for second at the Central/Midwest Super Regional, while teammate Zach James fired the tournament’s best round to close the event and finish tied for fourth at 1-under-par as both players earn individual berths to the NCAA Division II National Finals Tournament.

Despite a day two push, Southeastern saw its team season come to an end on Friday finishing tied for eighth after carding rounds of 304 and 291 over the final 36 holes to finish with an 892 at the Hot Springs CC in Hot Springs, Ark.

Day two of the event was extended to 36 holes due to the threat of another round of storms potentially moving in on Saturday.

Foster had an incredibly consistent tournament, opening the event with a 69 before posting rounds of 73 and 72 on Friday to card a three-round total of 214 which was good for a second-place tie.

James opened the event with a 75, but turned the corner on Friday with a second-round score of 72 before posting a final round score of 68, including an eagle and four birdies, to fire a 54-hole 215.

Both players earned berths to the NCAA National Finals, marking the first time Southeastern has advanced two individuals to the national finals as individuals in the same season.

Jordan Holifield was next in with a three-round score of 230 after opening with a 77 and firing a 75 and a 78 over the final two rounds to finish tied for 70th.

Bryce Hughes and Ruben Figueiredo both finished tied for 102nd with scores of 242. Hughes arrived at that number after rounds of 84, 84, and 74, while Figueiredo carded rounds of 81, 84, and 77 to reach the mark.

Southeastern climbed from 12th after round one to an eighth-place finish as the team finished nine shots out of sixth place and 27 shots off the lead.

Lindenwood finished first with a six-over 870, followed by Missouri-St. Louis in second, Ferris State and Arkansas Tech tied for third, Trevecca Nazarene in fifth and Grand Valley State in the sixth and final qualifying position.

Foster and James will be back on the course May 20-24 as they advance to the NCAA Division II National Finals at The Resort at Glade Springs in Daniels, West Virginia.

Southwestern Oklahoma State finished seventh, one spot away from advancing to the NCAA Division II National Championships.

The Bulldogs entered the day in sixth place but fell out from a qualifying position during the second round, as they turned in their highest score of the week with a team total of 304 strokes in the first round of the day on Friday. SWOSU got back into contention in the final round, improving by 14 strokes and carding four rounds of 75 or better. Ultimately, the Dawgs would wind up two shots behind Grand Valley State in sixth place, which represents the final spot to advance to nationals.

Gregor Weck and Gustavo Tineo led the way for SWOSU at 5-over par, which tied for 17th place. Heston Brown (+6) and Kason Cook (+12) each shot 77 or better in each of their round while Conner Kauffman was the final finisher for the Dawgs and he shot his best score of 77 in the final round on Friday.

Northeastern State’s postseason run came to an end when it finished in 17th place. Carlos Gomez paced the RiverHawks in their final round with a 1-under 71 and completed his freshman season tied for 12th on the leaderboard with a 219 (73-75-71).

The RiverHawks stumbled out of the gates in the first of two rounds on Friday and dropped from ninth to last at one point.  NSU would card a 311 in the morning round, the second highest score of the field to knock them well out of contention.  In the afternoon, they rallied back with a 299 to finish with a three-round total at 910.

Griffen Matthias held NSU’s second-lowest score in the final round with a 1-over 73.  Matthias would card a 232 (79-80-73) and place tied for 77th.  Casey Paul carded a pair of 78s on Friday and left as the team’s second highest finisher with a 227 and placing tied for 50th.

Jax Johnson shot a 236 (77-81-78), and Tyler Ashman scored a 239 (84-78-77) to make up the rest of the NSU group.

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