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Drost Reaches Individual Playoff, Finishes Runner-up at NCAA Regional #3

Micah Skidmore carded a second round 72 for the Cardinals
Micah Skidmore carded a second round 72 for the Cardinals

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. - Saginaw Valley State University junior #1 golfer Wyatt Drost continued his tremendous play for the Cardinals over the weekend at the third NCAA Division II Regional tournament, helping the Cardinals improve three spots to finish 20th in the event.

Drost followed his round of 73 (+1) on day one to fire a 71 (-1) on the final day of competition, improving from a tie for ninth place to sharing the lead after 36 holes of competition.  Finding himself in a three-man playoff with Wayne State's Jordan Andrus and Missouri-St. Louis's Warren Crow, the trio would compete for the tournament's individual championship after shooting an even-par 144 for the weekend.

Andrus and Crow would birdie the first sudden death playoff hole (#1), but Drost posted a par, eliminating him from contention and securing his finish in a tie for second.  After Andrus found the water twice on the second hole, he conceeded the hole to Crow and Crow prevailed as the tourney's medalist.

Saginaw Valley cut seven strokes off Sunday's score of 315 to card a 308 on Monday, a big help coming from Micah Skidmore as well as Drost.  Skidmore shot an even-par 72 in the final round to tie for 12th with a final score of 150 (+6).

Wayne State won the event with a two round total of 596, two strokes clear of runner-up Grand Valley State.

The Cardinals will now prepare for the GLIAC South Tournament, which will be held on Saturday and Sunday.  It is slated to be played at the Winding Hollow Golf Course in New Albany, Ohio.