RECAP: @UTTylerMensGolf fourth going into final day at NCAA Championships

Thursday, May 17, 2018
by Wes Bloomquist |

GREENSBORO, N.C. – UT Tyler senior Sam Hill shot 2-under-par for the second straight day and will enter the final round of the NCAA Division III Championships in fifth and only five strokes back while the Patriots are fourth and 13 back going into Friday at the Grandover Resort.

Hill finds himself in fifth after shooting 74-70-70 – 214 through three rounds, while sophomore Trystan Perkins is 15th overall with a 72-69-77 – 218 and Tyler Uhlig is 24th with one round to play after posting a 76-70-74 – 220. Nicklaus Cuny (T80) has posted a 74-80-78 – 232 and Hayden Montoya (T87) 83-78-75 – 236 in their first national tournament appearances.

“We’re playing some solid golf,” UT Tyler coach Michael McMunn said. “We’re doing a lot of really good things but still have too many mistakes, as a result we are behind. Tomorrow’s round, we need to stay focused, battle and fight as hard as we can and play the best round of the year. A lot can happen in 18 holes. Whatever the outcome, I’m really proud of these guys.”

UT Tyler, which finished third last season at the NCAA tournament, has carded a 296-287-296 – 879 through three rounds while Methodist University has taken the lead with a 294-287-282 – 863. Washington & Lee is currently second (292-289-292 – 873) and Guilford College is third (283-295-298 – 876). The Patriots are ahead of American Southwest Conference rival Concordia which is tied for fifth with a 307-283-292 – 882.

An Orlando native who is a Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year finalist, Hill has himself in contention to battle for a national title on Friday after a clean round on Thursday with three birdies, 14 pars and only one bogey. Two of the birdies came on par 5s where he is now 4-under on through three rounds. Perkins was 5-over on Thursday but stayed in the mix after making a double on his first and bogey on his second holes of the day. After the opening two, he would make two birdies, 10 pars and limited damage with two bogeys. He is in position for his third straight top-15 finish, including a seventh-place showing at the ASC Championships two weeks ago. Uhlig, who won the ASC Championship, shot 2-over on Thursday despite making five birdies. A junior from Magnolia, he would make three bogeys on the front-9 and then two doubles on the back to find himself 24th going into the final round.

Washington & Lee’s Brian Peccie leads the tournament at 7-under-par after posting 71-69-69 – 209, while Greensboro’s Levi Grogan is second with a  69-73-70 – 212.

This story will be updated tonight with pairings and tee times for the final round of the NCAA DIII Championships.