FLORENCE, Ala. — Cal State-Monterey Bay got a hole-in-one from sophomore Dylan Jackson and has won the NCAA Division II National Championship, defeating top-seed Lynn University, 3-2 in the title match at Robert Trent Jones The Shoal Course in Alabama on Friday afternoon.
Jackson aced the 178-yard, par-3 13th. He also made birdie on the par-3 18th to win his match again Lynn’s Ricardo Gouveia, 66-67.
The clinching moment came from Otter Senior John Jackson, who sank his final putt on the 18th hole to take a one-stroke lead against Lynn’s Daniel Young. That win, coupled with D.J. Milligan’s two-stroke victory against Roberto Francioni and Dylan Jackson’s one stroke win against Ricardo Gouveia gave CSUMB the three points it needed for the title.
Lynn got two points with wins from Paul McPhee and Jose Joia. McPhee defeated Scott Yeakel by two strokes and Joia topped Oskar Nystrom by one stroke.
The Otters got personal best rounds from Jackson and Milligan. Jackson carded a 6-under-par 66 to tie the lowest score posted of the tournament. Milligan tied his best round of collegiate golf with a 3-under par 69.
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This was the sixth consecutive tournament victory for the Otters dating back to March 14th, including their first NCAA Central/West Super Regional title and second consecutive California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) championship.
In route to the championship match, the Otters concluded stroke play 17-over-par for a tie for third place. The Otters entered match play as the third seed, defeating Newberry College 3-2 in the opening round. CSUMB pulled out a 2-2-1 tie against Abilene Christian with the Otters wining the tiebreaker by fewest strokes.