Central: Stanford cruises to 4-shot victory
Lance and Asher break down an action-packed weekend at the six NCAA Men’s regionals.
Team champion: Stanford (10-over 830)
Individual champion: Drew Kittleson, Florida State (6-under 204)
The top 5: 2. Florida State (834); 3. Florida (838); 4. Duke (839); 5. LSU (847)
Close, but no cigar: T-6. Northwestern, Michigan, Iowa (848); 9. Indiana (850)
Individual advancer: Marshall Bailey, Virginia Tech (2-under 208)
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Stanford shot a 6-under 274 on Saturday to finish atop the Central Regional. The Cardinal, No. 3 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, finished at 10-under 830 at Warren Golf Course in South Bend, Ind., four strokes ahead of Florida State.
Florida finished third at 838, Duke came in fourth at 839, and LSU rounded out the top five after finishing the three-round tournament at 847. The top 5 teams earn bids to the NCAA Championship, which starts June 1 at The Honors Course in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Duke made the biggest jump in the final round, shooting a 10-under 270 to move into the top 5.
Florida State’s Drew Kittleson, No. 178 in Golfweek’s rankings, won the individual title, finishing at 6-under 204. Fellow Seminole Wesley Graham tied for second, one shot back, along with Duke’s Adam Long. Stanford’s David Chung (4 under) and Steve Ziegler (3 under) finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
Virginia Tech’s Marshall Bailey made bogey on the first playoff hole to defeat Michigan’s Matt Thompson and earn the regional’s individual NCAA Championship berth.
N.C. State's Matt Hill, the defending national champion, did not make it out of the regional as both Hill and his team finished 11th.