BLAINE, Wash. – The Bucs entered the final round needing to make up eight-strokes to catch the lead, but the Barry University men’s golf team could only trim four-shots off the lead and ended up finishing in fourth at the NCAA Championships at the Loomis Trail Golf Course Friday.
Barry fired a 296 (+12) to bring their four-day total to 1183 (293-290-304-296) and a fourth-place finish. Sonoma State and CSU-San Bernardino ended up tied after four rounds and went into a playoff to decide the National Champion, in which the Seawolves defeated the Coyotes on one playoff hole to capture the title. No. 1 Columbus State edged the Bucs by one-stroke to place third. Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Gavin Smith bested Kelbi Lee of Ferris State in a playoff hole to capture the individual title.
Chris Carlin has paced the way for the Bucs the past few rounds and ended up with the top overall score on the team with a 296 (73-71-73-79) and a tie for 17th overall. Victor Billskoog was also up near the top with Carlin and ended up with a 297 (71-73-77-76) to finish in a tie for 20th.
“Victor and Chris knew they had to step up,” head coach Jimmy Stobs said. “They didn’t play well, as they made too many mistakes.”
Despite the rough outings from Carlin and Billskoog, the Bucs were still in range down the stretch.
“We were in it right to the end,” Stobs said. “But you can’t bogey on par-5s and expect to win, especially in a National Championship.”
Daniel Stapff had a solid round and the best final round on the team as he carted a 70 to bring his total to 297 (76-74-77-70) which also tied him for 20th with Billskoog.
Carlos Velez had his best round of the Championships Friday, tallying a 73 to bring his total to 301 (76-75-77-73) and a tie for 37th. Preston Roberts also fell into the 37th spot after a 77 on the final round for a total of 301 (73-72-79-77).
The Bucs will have a majority of the golfers back next year, as of the five that made the trip this year, only senior Preston Roberts will be gone.
“The nucleus of the team that is coming back got a lot of experience,” Stobs said. “We lost by just four-shots, so it stings, but it is also part of learning and coming back ready to go next year.”
Men's Golf Still In The Mix At NCAA Championships
BLAINE, Wash. – With scores up all over the leaderboard, the Barry University men’s golf team also saw its score rise as the Bucs fell to second after the third round of the NCAA Championships Thursday at the Loomis Trail Golf Course.
Barry entered Thursday a stroke ahead of CSU-San Bernardino, but fired a 304 (+20) to bring their three-day total to 887 (293-290-304) and are eight-strokes behind the Coyotes for first. Sonoma State, who was tied with the Bucs after the first round, sits just one-shot behind Barry in third with an 888. No. 1 Columbus State fired a 15-over par 299, and remains in the mix with an 888.
“I’m pretty disappointed,” head coach Jimmy Stobs said. “We lost our focus early and never got going.”
Chris Carlin and Victor Billskoog entered round three tied for the top spot on the team with a 144, but both went in different directions.
Carlin fired a 73 to bring his total to 217 (73-71-73) and is in a tie for fourth overall, just four-strokes behind CSU-San Bernardino’s Gene Webster’s 213, as he continues to lead the Championships.
“Chris really played well,” Stobs said. “It was tough early on to get on track, but he did well to put the score up that he did.”
Billskoog fired a 77 to bring his total to 221 (71-73-77) to move him into a tie for 14th.
Preston Roberts’ 224 (73-72-79) has him in a tie for 26th, while Daniel Stapff carted a 77 for a total of 227 (76-74-77) which has him in a tie for 41st and Carlos Velez rounds out the team scoring with a 228 (76-75-77) which has him in a tie for 50th.
“We certainly got our bad round out of the way Thursday,” Stobs said. “The good news is that we are still in the last group and are just down eight-shots.”
The Bucs will conclude the NCAA Championships Friday with the same tee-off time from Thursday, as Barry will begin at 12:50 pm pacific time, 3:50 pm eastern time. Fans can continue to follow the Bucs hole-by-hole results by clicking the following link.
Men's Golf In Sole Possession Of FIrst After Two Rounds
BLAINE, Wash. -- The Barry University men's golf team remained solid in round two, as the Bucs hold sole possession of first place after two rounds complete at the NCAA National Championship Tournament at the Loomis Trail Golf Course Wednesday.
Barry's two-day total of 583 (293-290) leads the field by one-stroke over CSU-San Bernardino, as the Coyotes trimmed 12-shots off their round one score to jump right back into the mix. Sonoma State and top-ranked Columbus State are tied for third with a score of 589, while second-ranked Georgia College and State is within striking distance in fifth with a score of 590.
"I'm pleased with the lead, as we haven't made any putts yet," head coach Jimmy Stobs said. "We are three-over on par 5's and still have the lead, so that makes you feel good."
Chris Carlin carted the best round of the day for the Bucs, as his even-par 71 helped bring his two-day total to 144 (73-71) which has him just three-strokes behind the individual leader, as Victor Billskoog is also in a tie for fourth with Carlin with his own 144 (71-73). Both trail CSU-San Bernardino's Gene Webster and Wayne State's Steve Cuzzort hold the lead with a one-under 141.
Preston Roberts also posted a solid score of 72 on Wednesday to being his total to 145 (73-72) which has him in a tie for 13th.
"Preston and Chris hit a lot of greens on the day," Stobs said. "They did a good job of hanging in and posting good scores."
Daniel Stapff 150 (76-74) is in a tie for 36th, while the Bucs' top golfer Carlos Velez rounds out the team scoring with a 151 (76-75) which has him in a tie for 46th.
"Carlos will get out of it," Stobs said. "We know he can get it going the final two rounds, as it is nice to have a lead still with our top golfer nine-over par."
The Bucs entered round two tied with Sonoma State, as now the Bucs will enter Thursday with a one-stroke lead and a chance to build on the advantage.
"Obviously you want to be ahead," Stobs said. "It would be nice if it was a little more of a lead, but you still have a chance and that's all you want."
Barry will once again tee-off late being in the last set of teams to hit the course. The Bucs are slated to begin round three at 12:50 pm pacific time, 3:50 pm eastern time Thursday, as fans will once again be able to follow the Bucs hole-by-hole results by clicking the live stats link below.
Men's Golf Tied For First After One Round
BLAINE, Wash. – The Barry University men’s golf team fired a first round score of 293, tying them for first with Sonoma State, after round one of the NCAA National Championships Tournament at the Loomis Trail Golf Course Tuesday.
The Bucs and Seawolves each posted rounds of 293 and are tied for first place, while Northeastern State, 297, and CSU-San Bernardino, 298, sit in third and fourth, respectively. Lynn and number-one ranked Columbus State are tied for fifth.
The Bucs will tee-off at noon pacific time, 3 pm eastern time, Wednesday for round two of the NCAA Division II Men’s Championship. Fans can follow the Bucs hole-by-hole results by clicking on the live stats link below.
Victor Billskoog paced the Bucs with an even-par 71, which also has him in the hunt for the top-spot overall on the individual leaderboard, just one-stroke behind Gene Webster of CSU-San Bernardino for first.
“Victor was solid once again,” assistant head coach Adam Enright said. “He had a strong start and held a good score throughout.”
After the first scores came across, the Bucs were already near the top, but that was before a good eight teams had yet to tee-off.
“We go off to a sloppy start, but did what we needed to do,” Enright added. “We posted a solid number and wanted to stay in the mix, which we did.”
Chris Carlin and Preston Roberts remained steady on the back nine as each golfer fired a 73, as the two remained plus-two for a majority of the final nine holes.
“The back nine is tough,” Enright said. “We took advantage on a couple of holes and made a good move to be right there.”
Daniel Stapff and Carlos Velez each fired a 76 (+5) to round out the team scoring for day one.