SILVIS, Ill. – The William Woods University Men’s Golf Team, sponsored by Boone Hospital Center, finished in third place at the 2016 NAIA Men’s Golf National Championship. The Owls were 37-over par 1173 (284-301-298-290) for the four rounds of place.
Claiming the National Championship was Oklahoma City who was 28-over par for the tournament. Edging the Owls for the runner-up position was British Columbia who was 36-over par. For complete standings (Team and Individual), click here.
Leading the Owls during the championship was Matt Wells, who finished tied for ninth. Wells was eight-over par 292 (69-76-72-75) for the championship. During the fourth round, Wells bogeyed the second and fourth holes, but he birdied three to be one over par. He got it back to even par after a birdie on the par three 12th, however, he followed with a bogey on 12 before four straight pars. He closed his round with a triple bogey on 18 to finish four-over par on the final day.
David Houlding came in tied for 11th. On his final round, Houlding birdied the first hole and then parred the next three. He followed with bogeys on two of the next three holes but closed out his front nine with two straight pars. Houlding got back to even-par on the round with a birdie on hole 12. He was one-under on the back nine today and finished the tournament 10-over par 294 (74-74-75-71).
Also finishing tied for 11th was Alasdair McDougall. McDougall was 10-over par 294 (69-78-75-72) for the championship. McDougall parred the first six holes prior to a bogey on two of the last three holes on the front nine. He got one back on the par five tenth when he birdied it. However, he went back to two over after a bogey on hole 13. McDougall birdied the 14th and 16th hole to get back to even par. He finished one-over for the round after a bogey on 18.
Finishing tied for 17th was Billy McKenzie, who was 11-over par 295 (74-73-76-72) for the championship. McKenzie recorded eight pars on the front nine with one bogey on hole four to play the front nine over par. After two straight pars to start the back nine, McKenzie collected his only birdie of the day on the par three 12th to get back to even par. He bogeyed 14 to go back to one-over for the round and parred the final four holes of the tournament.
Jack Clarkson finished tied for 59th as he was 20-over par 304 (72-79-76-77) for the Championship. Clarkson parred the first four holes of the fourth round prior to running into trouble on hole five, where he collected a double-bogey. He also had a bogey on seven and double-bogey on nine to play the front nine-over par. He turned his round around again on the back nine as he parred the first four holes and scored his first birdie of the day on the 14th. He followed the birdie with back to back bogeys but closed out his round with back to back pars to finish six-over par on the fourth round.