Michigan State, Minnesota Men's Golf Advance to NCAA Championships
May 20, 2007
Spartans Headed To NCAA Championships
Tulsa took home the team regional title with a 31-over 895 (305-280-310--895), three strokes in front of second-place finisher Alabama (309-287-302--898). Individually, Lamar's Dawie Van Der Walt and Wisconsin's Dan Woltman won medalist honors after posting a 1-under par 215 over the three-day tournament.
Michigan State has earned its first trip to the NCAA Championships under head coach Mark Hankins. In the program's history, the Spartans have made 15 appearances, with their best finish in 1944 when the team came in fifth. The last time the team went to the Championships was in 1993, when the Green and White tied for 27th.
Gophers Win Playoff To Advance to NCAA Men's Golf Championships
It was a struggle all day for the Gophers carding a final round 314 to drop into a tie for 10th with the Aggies at 54-over 918. Tulsa won the Regional 23 shots ahead of the Gophers. All five Gophers played in the playoff with Clayton Rask, Victor Almstrom and Ben Pisani going off first with two Texas A&M players. All three Gophers made up-and-downs from the greenside bunker, Rask from two feet, Almstrom from four and Pisani with an impressive 15-foot par-saving putt. The Aggie players accumulated a 1-over score.
In the second group were All-Americans Bronson La'Cassie and Niall Turner. Each player only needed to two-putt their par efforts for the win. Minnesota's playoff score was 1-over, the Aggies were 2-over for the one-hole playoff.