May 15, 2018
Action photos courtesy Joe Fischer, Concordia-U.-Texas
St. Thomas Men's Golf slipped to a 305 score on Friday and closed the four-day, 72-hole NCAA Championships in a tie for 11th place out of 42 teams. UST had rounds of 303, 290, 291, 305.
UST posted just four birdies on Friday.
Senior Riley Gannon tied for 24th out of 96 surviving players on the tournament at six-over 294 to lead the Tommies. He shot two-over 74 on Friday, and had 10 birdies, 16 bogeys and 46 pars this week.
Sophomore Emmet Herb started slowly Friday but played his final 13 holes at even par to shoot 75 on the round. Herb had a team-best 14 birdies in the tournament, and played his last 36 holes at 1-over. He hurt by five doubles and one triple bogey.
In May 2016, Tommie Men's Golf tied for fifth place at the NCAA Championships, after sitting in seventh through 54 holes. Can St. Thomas record another top-five placing in 2018?
Thursday's team round of three-over-par 291 put the Tommies in position to chase that goal on Friday's final round.
Local favorite Methodist (N.C.) is at 1-under through 54 holes and holds a 10-stroke lead into the final 18 holes in Greensboro, N.C. But just 14 shots separate the next 10 teams who sit between thrd and 12th place.
St. Thomas is in seventh place, just five shots out of fourth place.
The Tommies started slowly on Thursday but finished strong on the last nine holes of the day.
Emmet Herb birdied five of his last 10 holes and shot two-under 70. Shane Sienko had another steady round and played one-under in his last 10 holes for a 73. Pete Sienko had a birdie, a bogey and 10 pars on his last 12 holes and shot two-over 74.
Pete Sienko and Gannon played in the elite Golfweek tourney in October 2015 when the Tommies erased a 16-shot deficit on the final day to win the 18-team tourney. Coach Scott Proshek is hoping the Toms can make a similar final-day charge in Greensboro on Friday.
There are 96 players still left in the individual chase after the field was cut to 18 teams and six individuals on Wednesday. Shane Sienko is tied for 20th; Gannon is tied for 24th; Herb is tied for 41st; and Pete Sienko is tied for 48th.
St. Thomas Men's Golf climbed to 10th place Wednesday with a 290 score at the halfway point of the four-day, 72-hole NCAA Championships in Greensboro, N.C.
The Tommies -- ranked No. 1 in the national computer rankings and No. 3 in the latest Division III coaches' poll -- are in 10th place at 2-over par, just five shots out of sixth place.
Riley Gannon had a two-under 70; Shane Sienko had a one-under 71; Pete Sienko had a one-over 73; Emmet Herb shot 76; and Owen Nowicki shot 77.
The low 18 teams survived a cut and moved on to the final two days from the original field of 42 teams.
Their top two players didn't have their best days, but the Tommie men still managed a 303 team score Tuesday in the opening day of the NCAA Championships in Greensboro, N.C.
A weather delay ended up halting play later in the afternoon. Eighteen teams will finish their rounds at 8 a.m., then all 42 teams will start round two at 11 a.m.
Owen Nowicki recorded 16 pars and two bogeys to lead the St. Thomas pack at 74. Shane Sienko birdied four of his last six holes and shot 75. Riley Gannon shot 76, and Emmet Herb and Pete Sienko each shot 78.
Low team scores weren't abundant in the 42-team field, thus the Toms expect to move up from 20th place when the other teams finsh their rounds on a challenging course. The Toms will look to improve a notch to secure a top-15 standings through Wednesday's round and make the cut intio Thursday and Friday.