In the match-play debut at the Divison II level, Cal State-Monterey Bay won the national championship after defeating Lynn University. The Otters managed to edge top-seeded Lynn by a 3-2 margin on May 20 at the Robert Trent Jones Shoal Course in Florence, Ala.
Sophomore Dylan Jackson gave CSUMB a major push in the title match with an ace at the par-3 13th and a birdie at the par-3 18th. He defeated Lynn’s Ricardo Gouveia.
CSUMB senior John Jackson won his match on the final hole and redshirt junior D.J. Milligan defeated Roberto Francioni, 2 and 1.
“I am extremely proud of how far this team has come,” said head coach Jason Owen. “It is a fitting end for a team that has persevered through everything I have thrown at them.”
This is the sixth straight tournament victory for CSUMB dating back to mid-March, and the first national championship is program history. The Otters won their first regional title earlier this month.
In the race for individual medalist honors, Chico State junior Kyle Souza defeated Lynn’s Daniel Young in a three-hole playoff. Souza also won the NCAA West/Central Regional in a sudden-death playoff.
–Information from Cal State-Monterey Bay used in this report.