Missouri men’s golf team makes NCAA field with third-place in regional

05/18/2014 12:13 AM

06/03/2014 10:17 AM

Led by senior Emilio Cuartero, Missouri’s men’s golf team punched its ticket to the NCAA championship final Saturday with a third-place finish as the NCAA regional host at The Club at Old Hawthorne.

Cuartero shot a 7-under 65 in the third round, picking up four birdies on the front nine and three more on the back nine without a single bogey.

He started the day in a five-way tie for seventh at 4-under, but surged to a 1-stroke victory in the individual regional championship chase.

Cuartero finished the 54-hole tourney at 11-under, edging three players — including fellow MU senior Hunter Kraus — for first place.

Kraus, who was 3 under in the third round, led after 36 holes and finished tied for second with Oklahoma State’s Talor Gooch and Jordan Niebrugge.

The Cowboys won the team title after shooting 16 under on Saturday and finished with a three-day total of 33-under 831.

Arkansas, which started the day tied for first place, settled for second at 28 under.

Missouri, which was seeded eighth but parlayed a home-course advantage into the program’s first berth to the NCAA final since 2005, finished third at 27-under 837, 1 shot behind the Razorbacks.

LSU and Iowa State, who both finished at 15 under, rounded out the five teams that qualified from the regional to the NCAA final, which begins May 23 at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan.

Tigers junior Ryan Zech, a Kearney graduate, stayed put at 5-under with an even-par 72 Saturday, leaving him in a three-way tie for 14th.

Missouri freshman Euan Walker fired a second straight round of 1-under 71, finishing even for the tournament in an eight-way tie for 26th.

Central Arkansas junior Pep Angles earned the individual spot in the NCAA final as the top solo finisher at 1 under.

Kansas State senior Daniel Wood finished 4 shots behind Angles despite shooting a 3-under 69 on Saturday.

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