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Cardinals Go Low on Final Day to Secure Spot in National Championships

Senior Eric Gandy fired a -4 68 in final round action
Senior Eric Gandy fired a -4 68 in final round action

EUREKA, Mo. - The Saginaw Valley State University men's golf team found itself in 15th place following the second round of action at the NCAA Division II Midwest / Central Super Regional Championship, 14 strokes behind the fourth spot that is the cut-off for what teams advance to the national meet.  After a final round charge where the Cardinals shot three-under par as a team, they improved 12 spots and finished in third place to secure a spot in the NCAA Division II National Championships.

The Cards (+32) will join super regional champion Malone (+22), Central Missouri (+29) and Central Oklahoma (+35) as the four schools that will advance to the national tournament, which is set to take place May 19-23 at The Meadows Golf Course in Allendale, Mich.

It will be SVSU's first appearance in the national championships since the 2006 season, when the Cardinals placed 15th nationally after winning the Great Lakes Regional Tournament two weeks prior.

Saginaw Valley was one of the first schools to tee-off in the final round.  It posted a team score of 285, which was the best mark posted in the entire tournament by six strokes.  The 285 is the second-best score for the 2013-14 season, as SV carded a second round 284 on September 10th at the LSSU Invitational at Wild Bluff Golf Course.  

Being one of the first teams off the course, SVSU had to wait anxiously to see how everything would play out.  All of the cards would fall into place, however, as the Cardinals lived to advance on into the national tournament.

Senior Eric Gandy tied a low round for the  tournament, closing-out what could have been the final round of his collegiate career with a 68 (-4).  That put him in sixth place overall with a three-over par total of 219.

Carter Marsh had his best round of the tournament in the final round as well, as he shot a one-under 71 on Wednesday.  Marsh finished tied for 75th overall with a 235 (+19) total.

Micah Skidmore followed-up his 73 yesterday with an even-par round of 72, finishing tied for 13th place with a total stroke count of 223 (+7).

Wyatt Drost had a 74 in his final round, finishing with a 226 (+10) final score to tie for 25th place.

Senior Adam Hansen also competed for SVSU, as he finished tied for 87th with a score of 238 (+22).

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