It wasn’t missed putts or errant drives that cost Chico State, the No. 3 Division II team in the nation, a chance at a national championship. No, it was an incorrect scorecard.
Chico State started the final round of the NCAA West/Central Region Championship five shots outside of the cut line for one of the five berths into the NCAA Division II Championship. A 1-over 289 Wednesday at the University of New Mexico Championship Course seemed to be enough for Chico State to advance, though.
It wasn’t. Sophomore Cody Thompson had told his teammates he shot 76, but was surprised to see a 75 displayed on the tournament’s live-scoring page. He’d signed for one stroke lower than he’d actually shot. The penalty: disqualification.
With Thompson out of the tournament, the Wildcats had to count an 82. The six-stroke difference dropped them from fifth to seventh. The top five teams at the regional advanced to the NCAA Division II Championship.
“I’m extremely proud of this group,” head coach T.L. Brown said. “I’m proud of the year we’ve had, our national ranking, all of our top finishes and our great comeback to finish fifth today.”
Kyle Souza won a three-for-one playoff to earn a trip the D-II NCAA Championship as an individual.