Toone, @UTTylerMensGolf finish third at NCAA DIII Championship

Friday, May 19, 2017

HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. – UT Tyler junior George Toone finished third and Sam Hill eighth to lead the Patriots to a third-place finish at the NCAA Men’s Division III Championship on Friday to complete a four-day, 72-hole competition at the Mission Inn Resort & Club. Toone shot a 288 which was one shot back of joining a playoff which was won by Hope’s Josh Gibson over Wittenberg’s Garrett Brickley to decide the individual championship.

NCAA DIII CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS

Toone and Hill both had the tournament lead during portions of the final round, while Brandon Rougeau finished 24th for the Patriots who finished the tournament with a 296-305-290-297 – 1,188. The finish was just eight shots back of Wittenberg University which won the NCAA DIII tittle with a 1,180 total and Gulliford College was second with a 1,182. The third-place finish is the best showing since the Patriots won the 2013 NCAA DIII Championship and the third top-5 finish in program history.

“The guys really played well,” UT Tyler coach Michael McMunn said. “I’m really proud of how they fought. George has played really well for us all semester. I’m extremely happy with how he has improved. These seniors have been great and I’m going to miss them.”

Toone finished even-par over the four-round tournament after shooting 2-under on Friday. The England native shot 75-72-71-70 – 288 to cap his impressive season which also included finishing second at the American Southwest Conference Championship. Toone made six birdies in his final round and 14 in the tournament. Hill took eighth after shooting 3-over on Friday with 15 pars and three bogeys. The junior from Florida finished the tournament with a 74-73-70-75 – 292 total. He led the tournament with 53 pars this week and also had eight pars.

Rougeau, who was named a Division III PING First-Team All-America, shot 74-78-73-73 – 298 in the tournament. Rougeau’s final two rounds of 1-over-par included him making four birdies in the final round. Trystan Perkins shot 73-82-76-84 – 315 for 78th during his freshman season, while Cody Gilbert finished his UT Tyler career by carding a 78-83-78-79 – 318.

The Wittenberg Tigers won their first-ever men's golf national championship Friday at the NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championship at Mission Inn Resort and Club, getting five birdies on the final two holes to clinch the title after entering that stretch three strokes back of Guilford.

Wittenberg finished at 28-over-par 1180 for the tournament after firing a 5-over 293 on the day, maintaining their 2-stroke lead over Guilford from the start of the day. The Quakers held a 3-stroke lead after Ty Palmer eagled the par-four 16th, however. The Tigers responded with three birdies on the 17th, though, including one by Garrett Brickley, who found himself two back of Hope's Josh Gibson for the individual medal heading into the hole. Teammates Colin Laszlo and Mark David Wright recorded the other two, tying the scored headed to the final hole.

Huntingdon and Greensboro finished tied for fourth at 38-over 1190, 10 back. Hope, Methodist, Rhodes, Illinois Wesleyan and LaGrange rounded out the top 10.