NOBLESVILLE, Ind. – Saint Leo men’s golfer JP Albuquerque concluded the 2010 NCAA Men’s Golf Championships tied for 23rd with a final score of 18-over 306 (77-75-74-80--306). The senior finished his fourth round by carding an eight-over 80, Friday afternoon from the par-72, 7,132 Yard Golf Club in Noblesville, Ind. He was six strokes back from cracking the top-10 and finished ahead of 57 other competitors at the weather-shortened, 80-person championship field.
Individually, Abilene Christian’s Cyril Bouniol (76-68-71-70—285) captured the national championship with a total score of three-under 285. After an opening-round 76, Bouniol followed with three consecutive under-par rounds to pull away for a six-shot win over Central Missouri’s Justin Yoder.
In team action, Florida Southern entered the final round trailing Chico State by one shot. However, the Mocs surged and finished by carding a team score of 20-over 308 to post a four-round total of 55-over 1207 and solidify the NCAA Championship. Central Missouri (61-over 1213) was six shots back in second-place, while Chico State rounded-out the top-three (62-over 1214).
As for the Lions’ Albuquerque, he began to day on the front nine and unfortunately faced immediate challenges with bogeys at one and two. A birdie at three saw his score steady itself back to one-over. However, a triple bogey at the following hole dropped the senior to four-over. Still, the Londrina, Brazil native recovered well going through the next five challenged at four-over going into the turn.
With the weather still playing a factor, Albuquerque took to the back side. The course was still unkind to Albuquerque, howeever, as his back-nine was highlighted by a triple bogey at the par-four, 16th. The two bogeys negated Albuquerque’s seven pars on the backside. Despite not finishing in his desired top-10, Albuquerque still displayed his aggressive course instinct on every hole and left Indiana knowing he gave it all.
About the team and Albuquerque’s performance at nationals, Head Coach Ray Cisbani stated, “This team has now set precedence for incoming players to never be satisfied. Post season play every year is our goal, and JP has set the bar even higher to make it to Nationals. It's been a great year for us as we have learned what it takes to be successful in the postseason. Fall preparations will begin very soon.”
In total, Albuquerque finished fourth in par scoring, connecting on 44 pars.
The finish of the NCAA’s closes out an unbelievable 2010 campaign for the men’s golf team. The squad posted four team tournament titles and captured their first team NCAA regional appearance in program history. The close to the season is bittersweet, however, as coach Cisbani bids farewell to a quintet of seniors. The group consists of Cole Cisbani, Mark McGuire, JP Albuquerque, Tom Crawford, and Cole Liebel. Still, the future of men’s golf is bright and full of promise.
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