Men's Golf Finishes 4th at NCAAs; Women Finish 19th

Saturday, May 16, 2009

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – The University of Texas at Tyler men’s and women’s golf teams finished the final day of the 2009 Division III National Championships at fourth and nineteenth places, respectively.

The Patriots were just one of four programs to have both their men’s and women’s teams compete at this year’s championships.

The men finished their final day of play by shooting 298, to finish the tournament with an 1184. UT Tyler finished the four-day event 20 strokes behind tournament winners Oglethorpe.

Senior Brian Jennings (Bullard, Texas), junior Spencer Ellis (Tyler, Texas) and junior Brandon Ellis (Village Mills, Texas) all shot a 74 on the day to finish two-over-par.

Jennings finished the tournament in a tie for sixth place with a four-day total of 292 for four-under-par.

In the women’s tournament, the Patriots had finished each of the three previous days at 18th place, but on Saturday they fell to 19th place after shooting a 345 for the second consecutive day.

Sophomore Katie Harris (Salado, Texas) once again led UT Tyler on the day by shooting an 82. Harris finished the tournament in a tie for 36th place.

The end of the National Championship tournament provides a capstone for what has been an amazing season for both UT Tyler teams.

The men won a school record five tournaments, finished second at the American Southwest Conference tournament, were ranked in the Top 10 nationally for the majority of the season and secured one of two at-large berths to the national tournament.

The women also had an outstanding year by winning the first tournament in program history and winning the ASC Championship in consecutive tournaments.