The Wittenberg men’s golf team closed out their 2018 season in the final round from the NCAA DIII National Championships on May 18th at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Wittenberg tallied a final round total score of 303 (+9), finishing in eighth-place with a (+31) through the four days of action. The Tigers finished the four-day event with 1,183 total strokes, with rounds of 303, 285, 298 and 297.
The feature Tiger was sophomore Ryan Mallette (Canton, OH/Central Catholic) in a tie for seventh-place as an individual, shooting rounds of 72, 68, 75 and 74 to close out his NCAA DIII Championship at (+1). Leading the squad in par-five scoring at 4.56, Mallette tapped in 13 birdie putts on the week.
Wittenberg juniors Cooper Taylor (Superior, CO/Monarch) and Colin Laszlo (Waipahu, HI/Punahou) also had strong finishes in Greensboro as Taylor finished as part of a three-way tie for 44th with a 72-hole score of 298 (78-73-74-73) and Laszlo finished as part of a three way tie for 51st with 300 total strokes (81-70-76-73).
Thanks to Thursday’s tournament-best 282 (-6), Methodist started Friday with a 10-stroke edge over Washington and Lee in the 42-team field. The Monarchs were not seriously threatened Friday despite posting their highest round of the tournament. Methodist University captured its unprecedented 12th NCAA Division III Men’s Golf Championship Friday afternoon. The Monarchs shot 296 in the final round for a seven-over-par total of 1,159 over 72 holes, 11 strokes better than runner-up Washington and Lee University. The win marks Methodist’s first NCAA men’s golf crown since 2015.
In addition to Wittenberg competing as a team at the 2018 NCAA Championships, the Kenyon Lords also had a pair of golfers competing for the individual crown in North Carolina. After shooting a 148 (76-72) through the first 36 holes of play, Kenyon senior Ryan Muthiora (Zion Crossroads, VA/Tandem Friends) fell just shy of making the cut for the final two rounds in a six-man sudden-death playoff on Thursday morning. The championship performance capped off an incredible senior season for Muthiora. He was named the NCAC Player of the Year, was named to the All-NCAC team for the fourth time and he finished as a two-time All-Great Lakes Region selection. Kenyon freshman Lawrence Courtney (Kingston upon Thames, England/Hampton) also competed in the first two rounds, finishing with a two-day total of 151 (74-77).