Men's Golf Concludes Play At NCAA Championship

Men's Golf Concludes Play At NCAA Championship

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The Wisconsin Lutheran College men's golf team concluded second-round play Wednesday at the 2016 NCAA Division III Championship at Midvale Country Club. The Warriors, who fell short of making the cut of the top 15 teams, finished with a two-round 638 for 31st place out of 41 teams.

THE BASICS

  • Tournament: 2016 NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championship
  • Location: Midvale Country Club/Mendon Golf Club, Rochester, N.Y.
  • Course Info: Par 72, 6632 Yards/Par 71, 6645 Yards
  • WLC Team: 31st of 41 (+66)
  • Top WLC Individual: Pete Kaufmann (Davenport, Iowa/Central), Tyler Wood (Eagan, Minn./St. Croix Lutheran) (+15), T-104th of 210

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Kaufmann, a senior, and Wood, a junior, paced Wisconsin Lutheran with identical 158s for 104th place in the 210-player field. Both players shot a team-low 78 on separate days.
  • Senior Sean Esenberg (Jackson, Wis./Kettle Moraine Lutheran) carded consecutive round 80s to finish with a 160.
  • Senior Jacob Mortell (Eden Prairie, Minn./St. Croix Lutheran) and junior Garrett Ralston (Machesney Park, Ill./Harlem) shot a two-day 164 (81-83) and 165 (84-81), respectively.
  • The Warriors, who stood in 33rd place after their first round 319, moved up two spots on the final day with another 319. Only 10 strokes separated WLC from a top 25 finish.
  • Claremont-Mudd-Scripps leads the championship field with a two-day 585 (286-299). Kethan Reddy of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps holds the individual lead with an even-par 143 (68-75). The Stag lead runner-up Washington & Lee by nine shots.
  • The top 15 teams will continue tournament play Thursday and Friday at Midvale Country Club to determine the 2016 NCAA Division III champion.

INSIDE THE SCORECARD

  • Seniors Esenberg, Kaufmann, and Mortell concluded their Warriors careers by making par on the 18th green. Esenberg, Kaufmann, and Wood tied for the team-high with four birdies over the two rounds.
  • Ralston sank an eagle on the 17th in Tuesday's second round at Midvale Country Club for one of just 20 eagles out of 7,560 holes played over the two days.
  • The Warriors improved their scoring by seven shots from the NCAA Championship a year ago.

WLC RESULTS

  • T-104. Pete Kaufmann, 158 (+15)
  • T-104. Tyler, 158 (+15)
  • T-129. Sean Esenberg, 160 (+17)
  • T-156. Jacob Mortell, 164 (+21)
  • T-162. Garrett Ralston, 165 (+22)

QUOTABLES

  • "It's a great accomplishment to be here and play against the top teams in the country," said head coach Adam Volbrecht. "I can't say enough about our seniors and the stamp that they have put on this program. It's been an honor and blessing to coach them. The results this week weren't what we wanted, but we didn't give up and we fought for every stroke."