Wittenberg Finishes Sixth at Nationals

Wittenberg Finishes Sixth at Nationals

The Wittenberg men’s golf team closed out their season in the final round of the 2019 NCAA DIII National Championships on May 17 at the Keene Trace Golf Club, in Nicholasville, Kentucky.

The Tigers tallied a final round total score of 303, finishing in sixth-place with a (+46) through the four days of action. Wittenberg finished the four-round event with 1,198 total strokes, with rounds of 295, 292, 308, and 303.

The team was led by Colin Laszlo (Waipahu, HI/Punahou) and Cameron Willis (Eaton, OH/Eaton), who finished in a tie for 22nd as individuals. Laszlo shot rounds of 72, 77, 76 and 73, while Willis recorded a 72, 70, 80 and 76 in the 72-hole championship. 

Ryan Mallette (Canton, OH/Central Catholic) totaled a 305 (80-68-79-78) to tie for 44th place, while Chris Dunne (Cincinnati, OH/McNicholas) tied for 53rd with a 307 (74-83-74-76) and Cooper Taylor (Superior, CO/Monarch) rounded out the Tigers performance in a tie for 65th with a 311 (77-77-79-78).

Illinois Wesleyan took home the 2019 national title after recording a 1,174 (287-291-302-294), three strokes better than runner-up Huntingdon College (299-291-290-297). Sam Goldenring from Williams College earned medalist honors for the individuals with a 285 (69-74-70-72).

Round 3:

The Wittenberg men's golf team shot a third-round 308 and is in fourth place with an 895 (295-292-308) at the 2019 NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championships at the Keene Trace Golf Club, in Nicholasville, Kentucky. Illinois Wesleyan and Huntingdon are tied for the lead with an 880 each after three rounds of play, while Guilford is just two strokes back of the leaders with an 882 and Methodist sits behind the Tigers in fifth with an 899.

After playing the Par-72, 7,190-yard Champion Trace course, Cameron Willis (Eaton, OH/Eaton) leads the Tigers. He carded one birdie and 13 pars on the day for an 80 and currently sits tied for 13th with a 222 (72-70-80). Colin Laszlo (Waipahu, HI/Punahou) is tied for 26th after shooting a 225 (72-77-76) with three birdies and nine pars in the third round.

Ryan Mallette (Canton, OH/Central Catholic) is tied for 35th with a 227 (80-68-79), while Chris Dunne (Cincinnati, OH/McNicholas) totaled a 231 (74-83-74) to tie for 51st and Cooper Taylor (Superior, CO/Monarch) is in a tie for 63rd with a 233 (77-77-79). Mallette, Dunne and Taylor each carded two birdies in the third round, while Mallette recorded eight pars, Dunne tallied 12 pars and Taylor made par nine times.

Sam Goldenring from Williams College leads the individuals with a 213 (69-74-70).

Round 2:

The Wittenberg men's golf team carded a 292 in the second round of the 2019 NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championships at the Keene Trace Golf Club, in Nicholasville, Kentucky. The Tigers totaled a 587 (295-292) after two rounds of play moving them up to third after tying for fourth on day one.

Illinois Wesleyan still holds the lead after totaling a 578 (287-291) after two rounds of play, while Guilford is five strokes back of the leaders with a 582 (296-286), and Huntingdon sits behind Wittenberg in fourth with a 590 (299-291). 

Wittenberg played the Par-72, 7,190-yard Champion Trace course in the second round. Cameron Willis (Eaton, OH/Eaton) leads the Tigers as he is currently tied for first with Methodist's Zane Brownrigg after he carded six birdies for a two-under second round and 142 total (72-70). Ryan Mallette (Canton, OH/Central Catholic) had an incredible second round, shooting a four-under with six birdies. He moved up from a tie at 123rd after round one to a tie for 20th with a two-day score of 148 (80-68).

Colin Laszlo (Waipahu, HI/Punahou) sits tied in 29th after shooting a 149 (72-77) with two birdies in the second round, while Cooper Taylor (Superior, CO/Monarch) is in a tie for 66th with a 154 (77-77) and Chris Dunne (Cincinnati, OH/McNicholas) totaled a 157 (74-83) to tie for 102nd. Taylor carded three birdies and Dunne recorded one eagle on the day.

Round 1:

Wittenberg shot an opening-round of 295 (+7) tying for fourth among 42 schools at the 2019 NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championships at the Keene Trace Golf Club, in Nicholasville, Kentucky.

Illinois Wesleyan shot a 287 to lead the field, while Concordia (TX) is one back of the leaders with a 288, Trinity is in third with a 290 and the Tigers and Oglethorpe sit tied for fourth.

Cameron Willis (Eaton, OH/Eaton) and Colin Laszlo (Waipahu, HI/Punahou) lead Wittenberg after each shooting an even 72, placing them in a tie for 13th out of 216 golfers. On the Par-72, 6,897-yard Keene Run course, Willis carded two birdies and 14 pars, while Laszlo posted three birdies and 12 pars.

Chris Dunne (Cincinnati, OH/McNicholas) carded a 74 after day one for the Tigers to sit in a tie for 30th, after recording two birdies and 13 pars. Cooper Taylor (Superior, CO/Monarch) is in a tie for 81st after a 77 and Ryan Mallette (Canton, OH/Central Catholic) is tied for 123rd with an 80. Taylor shot four birdies and eight pars, while Mallette put up three birdies and five pars.

Sam Goldenring from Williams College leads the individuals with a three-under 69.

NCAA Selections:

The NCAA Division III Men’s Golf Committee announced 42 teams and six individuals that will participate in the NCAA Division III Men’s Golf Championships and Wittenberg will represent the North Coast Athletic Conference at the 2019 Championships. This will be the 10th-consecutive trip to the NCAA Championships for the Tigers.

The 2019 men’s championships, which will be held May 14-17 at Keene Trace Golf Club, in Nicholasville, Kentucky, will be hosted by Transylvania University. The team and individual champions will be determined after 72 holes of play or the conclusion of the last fully completed round. Forty-two teams and six individuals not on one of those teams will be selected to participate in the championships. After 36 holes of competition, the field will be cut to the top 18 teams and top six individuals not on one of those teams.

A total of 216 participants will compete at the 2019 championships. Thirty-two conferences were awarded an automatic qualification for the championships. Three teams were selected from Pool B, which consists of independent institutions and institutions that are members of conferences that do not meet the requirements for automatic qualification. The final seven berths were reserved for Pool C, which are institutions from automatic-qualifying conferences that are not the conference champion and any remaining Pool B teams. The six individuals are selected from the remaining players who have not qualified with a team.