May 6, 2009

ALLENDALE, Mich. - Travis Klutts' eagle on the Par-4, 524-yard fourth hole highlighted his best round at the NCAA Division II Midwest/South Central Super Regional at the Par-71, 6,973-yard course at The Meadows Golf Club.

But even with a 1-over 72 in the third and final round wasn't enough to lift the sophomore from Lake Kiowa into the field at the 2009 NCAA Division II Championships to be held from May 19-22 at the Loomis Golf Club in Blaine, Wash.

Klutts improved each round with scores of 75, 73 and 72 to finish with a total of 220 (+7) and was seven strokes behind final indivdual qualifier Brooks Herrick of Bellarmine who finished with even-Par total of 216.

The NCAA Championships will consist of the top five teams as Wayne (Mich.) State (859 total score, +7), Northeastern State (865, +13), Central Missouri (871, +19), Ferris (Mich.) State (875, +23) and Indianapolis (875, +23) qualified with the top two other individual finisher which included Central Missouri's Justin Yoder (211, -2) and Herrick.

Klutts shook off three bogies in his first 10 holes of the day, but finished strong as fired a 1-under 35 down the home stretch of the front nine to close with a personal tournament-best round of 72.

Klutts set the program's lowest scoring average for a season at 72.74 over 19 rounds which included nine rounds of Par or less. The sophomore has now averaged a 73.5 over 46 rounds during his two season with 17 rounds of par or better.

Northeastern State was the LSC's only qualifying nationals team as Texas A&M-Commerce finished seventh with an 880 (+28), Central Oklahoma was 10th with an 887 (+17) and Abilene Christian finished 19th with a 908 (+56).