Navy Golf Closes Out NCAA Action in 13th
May 19, 2012
2012 NCAA Golf Ann Arbor Regional - Final Results
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The Navy golf team shot its lowest round of the 54-hole NCAA Ann Arbor Golf Regional in Saturday's final round, posting a 19-over par 303 to place 13th in what marked the program's first NCAA Championship appearance since 2008. The Mids opened the tournament with a 38-over par 322 and improved 16 strokes on Friday with a 306 before posting Saturday's mark for a three-day total of 79-over par 931.
"I couldn't be more proud of the entire team and how they represented the Naval Academy," said Navy head coach Pat Owen, who has directed the Mids to NCAA Tournament bids in 1998, `00,'01, `03, `08 and `12. "We improved our scores each round and began to settle in by today's final round."
USC, who put together an 11-under par 841 (289-272-280) captured the team title, holding off Oregon (288-274-280=842) by one stroke. Kent State (286-276-282) placed third with an 8-under par 844, followed by Virginia (287-281-278) in fourth at 6-under and TCU (278-284-287) in fifth at 3-under.
Taking medalist honors was NC State's Albin Choi, who captured the individual crown with a 10-under par 203 (69-66-68) where he held a 3-stroke advantage over Virginia's Ben Kohles (71-65-70), Oregon's Daniel Miernicki (71-65-70) and Xavier's Sebastian MacLean (68-70-68) who tied for second at 7-under.
Finishing just outside of the top 50 and pacing the Mids was sophomore Drew Selby (Charlotte, N.C.), who produced a 12-over par 225 (79-74-72). Selby improved in each of his three rounds, shooting a team-low 1-over par 72 in the final round.
Meanwhile, senior Peter Reilly (Merrimack, N.H.) put forth his best effort in his final performance in a Navy polo. After a tough opening round in which he posted a 10-over par 81, Reilly came back to shoot a 5-over par 76 on Friday and a 2-over par 73 in the final round to place 67th with a 17-over par 230.
Freshman August Jonas (Jacksonville, Fla.) finished the tournament in 73rd with a 26-over par 239 (78-80-81), while seniors Tim Shield (Grosse Pointe Park, Mich.) (84-78-79=241) and Tyler Kuhn (Prospect, Ky.) (86-78-79=243) completed their collegiate careers in 74th and 75th place, respectively.
"I'm thrilled that Tim, Peter and Tyler were able to close out their careers by playing in the NCAA Tournament, a goal they set as Plebes," added Owen. "For Drew and August, it was a tremendous experience and one in which we hope they will share with their teammates in an effort to get back to the championship next spring."