Men's Golf Bows Out in NCAA Quarters

Men's Golf Bows Out in NCAA Quarters
The Bucs stared down victory, but came up short in the NCAA match play quarterfinals. Photo by Jim McCurdy

SIMPSONVILLE, Ky. -- Barry University men's golf team's season ended Friday in the Division II National Championships match play quarterfinals when the Bucs lost 3-2 to Central Oklahoma at the Cardinal Club..

Barry claimed the first match after Scott Smyers took care of business, winning by a stroke over Andrew Green. Smyers shot 1-over 73 on the 7,092-yard course. Green shot 74.

Simon Forsslund dropped his match to Derek Franco by five strokes. Forsslund shot 74, while Franco carded a 69.

Marcus Segerstrom was on fire most of the day, what with his penchant for collecting birdies. Segerstrom beat Baer Aneshansley by two strokes. Segerstrom ripped off five birdies, including three in a four-hole stretch on the back nine. That gave the Bucs a 2-1 match lead.

But Marcelo Huarte fell by a stroke to Dillon Rust after the Bucs sophomore shot par, and the Bronchos golfer was 1-under. That tied the match at 2-2.

Daniel Stapff encountered trouble in the late going, falling by five strokes to Josh Creel. Stapff shot 77, and Creel, who won Thursday's stroke play competition in a one-hole playoff, played steady golf to shoot par.

The Buccaneers won three tournaments throughout the season and finished second in five others. They are the only school to qualify for the NCAA Championships in four straight years.