ALLENDALE, Mich. - The Saginaw Valley State University men's golf team completed its 2013-14 season at the Division II National Championships on Wednesday (May 21). The Cardinals finished the tourney with a final round score of 309 (+25), putting them at a final stroke tally of 927.
The final score of 927 put SVSU in 19th place overall in the tournament, 27 shots clear of 20th place University of Charleston. The Cards finished three strokes behind Delta State, which ended the tourney with a 924 total.
Senior Eric Gandy had a solid final round effort, his last teeing it up for the Cardinals. Gandy posted a two-over 73 to lead SVSU in the final round. He shot a two-over 37 on the tougher back nine before carding an even par 36 on the front. The 73 was his best round of the tournament. He would finish tied for 63rd with a 229 (+16).
Junior Wyatt Drost turned in his best round of the championship in the third round as well, as he posted a five-over 76 (38-38). Fellow junior Carter Marsh had a 79 (+8) on the final day for the Cards. He had a solid 37 to start the round on the back but a 42 on the front contributed to the 79 total. Both Drost and Marsh would finish with a three day total of 235 (+22).
Adam Hansen, the other senior competing for Saginaw Valley in the championships, had an 81 (+10) in his final round for the Cardinals to round-out the day's scoring. Hansen finished with a final score of 239 (+26).
Junior Micah Skidmore had an 82 (+11) in his final round of the 2013-14 season. Skidmore's total for the tourney was a 236 (+23).
It was the Cardinals' first time competing in the national championships since the 2006 season (15th), qualifying with a remarkable final day at the 2014 Super Regional Tournament at Fox Run Golf Club in Eureka, Mo. SVSU shot a three-under par final round to jump from 15th to 3rd and qualify for the national tourney.
Gandy and Hansen are the only two student-athletes on the roster who will not be returning for the 2014-15 campaign.