DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.—The No. 3-ranked William Woods University men’s golf team finished the NAIA National Golf Championship with its best placing in program history, as the Owls ended up in second place, totaling a 4-over par 1156 (282-295-293-286).
The Owls made a late charge to get closer to first place, getting within five shots of Coastal Georgia, but they were able to fend off WWU, collecting its second consecutiveNAIA National Golf Championship, as Coastal Georgia shot a 7-under par 1145 (282-289-283-291). William Woods, meanwhile, had a strong day, as they finished with a 2-under par 286 and at one point, were 6-under par on the morning.
Johnson & Wales University, finished in third place, with a 5-over par 1157 (307-277-288-285), while South Carolina Beaufort, moved up four spots, to close out in fourth place, scoring a 9-over par 1161 (295-293-290-283).
Individually, Sean Elliott from Dalton State was the overall winner, as he shot an impressive 16-under par 272 (68-69-65-70), to take home the title.
After his big day yesterday, sophomore David Houlding had another strong outing in the final round, as he shot a round best 5-under par 67, which moved him up to a second place finish, totaling an 8-under par 280 (72-75-66-67).
Houlding, a Leeds, England, native, dominated the front nine in the morning, as he birdied holes two, five, six and eight, while totaling no bogeys, to head for the back nine at 4-under par. He continued his strong play on the back nine, draining a birdie on the 10th, to get to 5-under.
A bogey on the 12th, set him back to 4-under, but he came right back with his sixth birdie on the day on the 13th, to jump to 5-under par. The sophomore went on to score par on the final five holes, to finish with a 67.
Matt Wells, an IIfracombe, England, native, closed out his second NAIA Nationals appearance in a tie for 13th place, shooting a 2-over par 290 (66-74-75-75).
The sophomore, played yet another impressive round of golf on Friday, as after bogeying the first hole, he responded with a birdie on the fourth, to stay at even-par on the front nine. On the final holes, after scoring par on holes 10 through 13, he bogeyed three of the final five holes, to finish at 3-over par.
Senior Stan Gautier was another Owl that jumped up the leaderboard, as he shot a 3-under par 69 in the fourth round, which moved him up 27 spots, to finish in a tie for 23rd place, with a 4-over par 292 (73-73-77-69).
Gautier, was at even-par after three holes, as he totaled a birdie on the first and a bogey on the fourth. He went on to birdie the fifth, but hit a double-bogey on the par four sixth, to put him back at 1-over par, but got back to even-par, after draining another birdie on the par five eighth.
On the back nine, the Paris, France, native, saved his best for last, as he birdied holes 12, 13 and 14, giving him six on the day and pushing him to a 3-under par 69 finish.
Billy McKenzie, a Portsmouth, England, native, shot a 3-over par 75 today and ended the National Championship, scoring a 12-over par 300 (77-73-75-75), for a 60th place tie.
On the front nine, McKenzie, was 1-over par through four holes, as he birdied the second, but scored consecutive bogeys on three and four, to be at 1-over par. He finished strong though, as he birdied holes eight and nine, to make the turn for the back nine at 1-under.
On those final nine holes, McKenzie, went 4-over par, as he bogeyed 13, 14, 16 and 17, to close out with a 3-over par 75.
In his final National Championship appearance, senior Julian Taylor, closed out in a tie for 75th place, as he shot an 18-over par 306 (71-76-78-81).
The York, England, native, totaled a 7-over par 43 on the front nine, as he had three bogeys and two double-bogeys. On the back nine, Taylor improved, limiting himself to three bogeys, while hitting a birdie on the par three 15th, to finish the round at 9-over par.
At the conclusion of the NAIA National Golf Championship, both Houlding and Wells, were named to the All-Tournament team, after finishing inside the top-15.
Final Round Scores
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