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|Monmouth College Men's Golf Team Misses Cut at Nationals
|A rough day at Hershey Country Club dashed the Monmouth College men's golf team's hopes of making the final round of the NCAA Championships in Hershey, Pa.
After a 313 on Tuesday's opening round, the Fighting Scots found the Hershey Country Club Course a bit tougher. Their second round 318 gave them a 36-hole total of 631 to tie for 24th, just one place and five strokes from making the cut of 23 teams for Thursday and Friday's finals. None of the Scots qualified as individuals.
Senior Ryan Harvey nearly willed the Scots into the finals. After shooting a 76 on Day 1 that included a chip-in eagle on 17, Harvey matched his 76 on Day 2. A double bogey on the par 4, 414 yard 12th hole offset a pair of birdies on the front nine, but he regained a stroke with another birdie on the par 3, 16th. His team-low 152 two-day total tied him for 31st.
Rodney Clayton - the team's lone junior - was resilient after front nine struggles. He shook off five bogeys on the front nine and was just three over on the back for a 79. He finished tied for 75th with a 77-79-156.
Playing in his final collegiate match, senior Ted Starkey rebounded from an opening round 83 to card a 79 on Day 2. He could have been much lower, but three double bogeys offset an otherwise stellar round. He ended his career with a 83-79-162.
Sophomore Sean McNamara contributed for the Scots on both days of his national debut. He was steady for Wednesday's round, but his 84 left a few strokes on the course thanks to a double bogey on each nine. McNamara ended the tournament with an 81-84-165.
The final round wasn't kind to Ryan Tapscott in his final collegiate round. After a solid 79 on Day 1, a rugged first nine to start Round 2 found him at nine over at the turn. He rebounded slightly on the back nine, but finished with an 86. He carded a two day total of 79-86-165.
Monmouth had hoped to reach the finals as they did a year ago when they placed 23rd. The Scots qualified for the national tournament in back-to-back years for the first time since the 1979 and 1980 seasons.