The Wilmington University golf team's run came to an end on Wednesday, as they team finished 16th overall at the NCAA Division II Golf National Championship after three rounds at the Rock Barn Golf & Spa.
The Wildcats' round scores of 302-292-305 had them finish with a 902 (+50) to place 16th out of 20 teams at the National Championship.
The top eight teams after three rounds of stroke play advanced to the match play format starting on Thursday. One of the teams the Wildcats were paired with on Wednesday, Florida Southern, made a run to get into the top eight, shooting a 282 on Wednesday to finish with a 872 as the eighth seed.
Freshman Joey Russo led the Wildcats once again on Wednesday, shooting a 75 (+4) in the third round, posting back-to-back birdies on 14 and 15 to trim his back nine to a two-over. He posted the 12th most pars during stroke play, finishing with 37 overall through the three rounds. Russo finished in a tie for 33rd overall with scores of 72-72-75 for a three-day total of 219 (+6).
Junior Andreas Lunding's morning got off on the wrong foot with a double bogey on the first hole, but he bounced back throughout the rest of the front nine, hitting eight straight pars to hold at two-over. Lunding birdied the 16th par four to trim his round to 76 (+5) for the Wildcats. He finished in a tie for 70th overall with scores of 77-74-76 for a three-day total of 227 (+27).
Senior Alexander Lautenschlaeger saved his best round of the tournament for the last round, shooting a 76 (+5) in his final tournament of his Wildcat career. The senior started the round with a 40-foot birdie putt on the second hole, bringing his round to one under through the first two holes. Lautenschlaeger finished the front nine with a 36 (+1), but bogeyed four holes on the back nine to finish with a 76 (+5). He finished in 100th overall with scores of 83-77-76 for a three-day total of 236 (+23).
Sophomore Freddy Braun rounded out the Wildcat scoring on Wednesday, shooting a 78 (+7). Braun was in position to finish as the Wildcat scorer on the day, but suffered back-to-back double bogeys on 17 and 18 to close out the tournament. He collected seven pars on the front to make the turn at 37 (+2) before his back nine. Braun finished in a tie for 81st overall with scores of 76-75-78 for a three-day total of 229 (+16).
Sophomore Sam Clark closed out the day and the tournament for the Wildcats with an 84 (+13). He shot a 39 (+3) on the back nine and was only three over on the front nine until a forgettable eighth hole. Clark finished in 99th overall with scores of 77-74-84 for a three-day total of 235 (+22).
Lynn moved up three spots on the final day to take over the top seed for the medal rounds. The Fighting Knights posted a 280 on Wednesday, finishing the three rounds with an 853.
Central Missouri's Sam Migdal posted another remarkable 68 on Wednesday to claim the NCAA Division II National Championship individual medalist honors, completing a 66-71-68 for a 205 (-8) during stroke play. Lynn's Mateo Gomez fired a 67 on Wednesday to jump five spots into second.
The Wildcats capped another strong season on Wednesday, claiming their fifth straight Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Tournament Championship and second ever NCAA Division II Atlantic/East Super Regional Tournament Championship prior to making their fourth appearance at the National Tournament.