SAMMAMISH, Wash. – (May 17) Junior Joe Harvie shot a final round, one-under-par 70 to place in a tie for 17th overall and the Seattle University men's golf team took 12th at the NCAA Washington Regional as play concluded Wednesday at Aldarra Golf Club.
Making their first NCAA appearance in more than 50 years, the Redhawks struggled out of the gates in Monday's opening round of play, but lowered their score over the course of play, finishing at 45-over-par 897 (305-298-294). Top seed USC took the team title while Kent State, Florida State, Alabama and Penn State joined the Trojans as the five teams advancing to the NCAA Championship.
"I'm extremely proud of this team and I will forever be thankful to the graduating seniors for their efforts in helping us raise the bar in regard to what's expected, which is more trips to the NCAA's," said Head Coach Marc Chandonnet. "It was exciting to see Joe Harvie hitting great shots again. He was playing with some confidence and I hadn't seen that from him in a while which is encouraging, he's a phenomenal young man and player."
Harvie was the most consistent Redhawk throughout the tournament, shooting back-to-back 73s before capping play with the one-under 70. At plus-three overall, he finished in a three-way tie for 17th in the field of 75.
Senior Patrick Sato capped his Seattle U career by placing in a tie for 51st overall at 15-over 228 (77-74-77). Classmate Kyle Cornett shot a pair of 78s in the first two rounds, but rebounded with a two-over 73 on Wednesday to place in a tie for 56th overall with a 16-over 229.
"I can't say enough about Zack Overstreet and the year he has had," Chandonnet said. "He has single-handily helped take our team to new heights and I know that he and Joe will continue to push each other to even higher levels next year. Zack has been everything I ever imagined he would be and more."
The rookie Overstreet, who earned Western Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year honors, placed 61st overall with a 17-over 230 (77-73-80). Fellow rookie Greg Gionfriddo, who was competing for the first time all season as one of the Redhawks' counting five players, capped play with a three-over 74, his second lowest round of the year.