MESA, Ariz. – (Apr. 30) Paced by a freshman and a senior on the final day of play, the Seattle University men's golf team captured the 2017 Western Athletic Conference title, and the league's automatic NCAA Regionals bid, Sunday afternoon at Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, Ariz.
The Redhawks shot a collective 15-over 867 for the three-round tournament. They led play throughout, but still saved their best for last with a 282 on Sunday after shooting 290 and 295 in rounds one and two.
"I cannot put into words how much this means to our team," said Head Coach Marc Chandonnet. "All of our early-morning workouts, the days we grind through the cold rain to qualify have finally paid off. I'm so appreciative of the buy-in to our system."
UMKC would settle for second place with a 19-over 871, four strokes back of Seattle U. New Mexico State was third with a 27-over 879.
Senior Kyle Cornett, who led the field entering the final round, placed second overall with a one-under 212 (68-73-71). He carded two birdies over the final four holes to finish at even par for his final round. Grand Canyon's Vinnie Murphy would shoot a three-under 68 Sunday to take the individual title by two strokes.
Freshman Zack Overstreet rose eight places in the standings Sunday to take third overall with an even-par 213. The rookie matched the tournament low with a five-under 66 on Sunday as he hit four birdies and one eagle in the round.
"What a final round by freshman Zack Overstreet," said Chandonnet. "We have an amazing group of young men and this isn't the end for us. We believe we can make it to and compete in the NCAA Championship."
Senior Ross Kukula placed in a tie for 11th with a seven-over 220 (74-72-74), while classmate Patrick Sato tied for 18th with a nine-over 222 (73-78-71). Junior Joe Harvie finished 29th with a 20-over 233 (76-79-78).
The 2017 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships selections announcement will take place this Thursday, May 4 at 9 a.m. PT, on Golf Channel and streamed live on the Golf Channel website. 81 teams and 45 individuals will be selected to compete in the six NCAA Men's Regional Championship sites, May 15-17 (13 teams and 10 individuals at three regionals and 14 teams and five individuals at three regionals).