Central Missouri Mules Golf shot a final round 293 at the MIAA Championships and took sole possession of second place.
The Mules five-over-par third day put them at 15-over-par for 54 holes with a 879 total. Their best round came on day two, when they finished four-under-par at 288.
Shayne Allan was the Mules top finisher. He climbed five spaces on the third day to move into a tie for sixth place. His three round total was a +3, 219. Allan’s best round was the second where he finished two-under-par. He was one over on day three. With birdies on holes 16 and 17, Allan picked up two strokes in the final three holes. Allan was a -8 on 15 par-five holes. His 4.47 average on those holes was the best over the three days.
John Bonaobra sat just outside the top-10 individually in a tie for 12th place. After shooting just one-over-par through two rounds, Bonaobra got off to a rough start on day three and finished the round at +3, 75 for a three-day score of +4, 220. Bonaobra settled down on the back nine shooting one-under-par for the final nine holes with one birdie and eight holes at par.
Matt Hoemann rode a terrific day two to a top-20 finish. Hoemann was four-under-par in round two and his 68 was the lowest round for any Mule over the course of three days. He finished with cards of 76, 68, 78 for a +6, 222 three-round score. Hoemann’s 12 birdies were the most in the field.
Sam Parrott improved in each round. He finished round one at +5, 77, but improved by three strokes on day two and then two more strokes on day three. Parrott’s three-day score of +7, 223 put him in a tie for 24th overall. He was the definition of consistent in round three, hitting par on all 18 holes. He hit par on 39 of 54 holes, which led the tournament.
The Mules final golfer was Cole Dillon. Like Parrott, he also improved in all three rounds. He started at +7, 79 on day one and lowered his score to two-over-par on day two and one-over-par on day three for a final card of +10, 216, good for a tie of 28th place. Dillon tied for the team lead with three birdies on the third day.
A different Mule finished each round as the team leader: Bonaobra on day one, Hoemann on day two and Parrott on day three, yet it was Allan who totaled the best three-day score.
Lindenwood received the trophy as MIAA Champions finishing with a team score of +2, 866. The Lions had the top two individuals as well in Markus Lindgren and Yente Van Doren who were four-under-par and three-under-par respectively.
Following the tournament, the final MIAA team and individual point totals were tabulated. The Mules finished second as a team with 45 total team points. They fell two points behind Lindenwood. Allan was second as an individual with 38.5 points to make the All-MIAA team. Also on the All-MIAA team was John Bonaobra who totaled 16 points.
The Sycamore Ridge Golf Course is a par-72 at 7081 yards.
Up next for the Mules will be the NCAA Super Regional. They’ll take two weeks off before taking to the links in Findlay, Ohio with the top teams from the Central and Midwest Regions. Day one is scheduled for Monday, May 7 with the final round Wednesday, May 9.