MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. - Juniors Mark McGuire and Cole Cisbani finished 53rd and 85th respectively after the final round of the 2009 NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Southeast/South Super Regional in Alabama.
McGuire (79-71-76--226) improved one position after 36 holes and finished in a seven-way tie for 53rd and Cisbani shot 79-77-76--232 as he finished the tournament as one of four players tied in 85th place.
The three-day, 54-hole tournament was being held at the par 72, 7,126-yard Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at the Shoals in Alabama.
On a day when it appeared that wind and weather affected scores, with almost every player posting score higher than in the second round, McGuire’s would finish as one of the top-five individuals in the tournament. Although his four-over put him in the middle of the 109-player field, he was just 16 strokes out of the title, which was won by Jake Greer from the host University of North Alabama.
After struggling in yesterday’s second round, Cisbani improved to knock a stroke off of his round three total as he also shot a four-over 76. After yesterday’s 89th place finish, he improved four spots and finished in a four-way tie for 85th.
The University of North Alabama made up a seven-stroke deficit in the final round to claim the championship of the 2009 NCAA Division II South/Southeast Golf Super Regional at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at the Shoals Fighting Joe course. Lynn University held a four-stroke lead entering the final round and extended it to seven strokes midway through the final round. Sparked by the play of tournament medalist Jake Greer, who finished with a final round 71 and a six-under par 210 total, the Lions steadily closed the gap and finished with a 292 total, which edged Lynn by a single stroke.
North Alabama had a three day 868 total, which was four over par. Lynn was second at five over (869), followed by Barry (874), Columbus State (875) and Georgia College and State (876). All five schools will now advance to the NCAA Division II Championships on May 19-22 in Bellvue, Washington. Jonathan Burke of Barton College and Brian Richey of Florida Southern College advance to the national championships as individuals. Burke finished third overall at 213, while Richey was fourth at 214.
Valdosta State was sixth in the regional at +16, followed by Florida Southern, Nova Southeastern, Barton and Lander in the top 10.
The extremely tough South/Southeast pairing meant that 13 of Division II's top 20 golf teams competed in the event.