The University of Missouri-St. Louis men’s golf team recorded 10 birdies on the back nine of its final 18 holes en route to vaulting to a third place team finish at the NCAA Midwest/Central Regional on Wednesday to qualify for the NCAA DII Championships.
The Tritons, who were six-over par after the front nine, went two-under on the back nine and finished with a four-over 292 in the final round, giving them a 54-hole score of 872 (290-290-292). UMSL moves on along with Indianapolis (864), Tiffin (868), Southeastern Oklahoma State (873) and Arkansas Tech (873). The DII Championships will be held May 21-25 in Muscle Shoals, Ala., and will feature 20 teams and eight individuals who will compete in 54 holes of stroke play. The top eight teams will then qualify for match play.
It marks the 10th NCAA Championships appearance for the program and the fourth under the direction of 10th-year head coach Troy Halterman. UMSL’s last appearance was in 2015, in which the Tritons finished 12th.
Freshman Miguel Maisterra tied for sixth place to lead the Tritons, turning in a 215 (71-73-71).
Team Scoreboard (top five)
1. Indianapolis (287-289-288 – 864)
2. Tiffin (281-294-293 – 868)
3. UMSL (290-290-292 – 872)
T4. SE Oklahoma State (300-283-290 – 873)
T4. Arkansas Tech (298-286-289 – 873)
Alex Scott, Grand Valley State (72-68-68 – 208)