SIMPSONVILLE, Ky. – The No. 1 Nova Southeastern men’s golf team will look to capture its first national title on Saturday after defeating the three seed, Central Oklahoma, based on the total-strokes tie-breaker in the semifinals at the NCAA Championships.
After head-to-head play, the Sharks and Central Oklahoma were even at two with total strokes in the round counting as the tie-breaker. The Sharks as a team edged the Broncos by four strokes to earn the right to play Chico State head-to-head for the 2012 National Championship. The Sharks will be playing for their first national title while the Wildcats of Chico State will be playing for their second. The Wildcats won their first and only title in 1966, they and fell just short of their second with a runner-up finish in 2004.
|DII MEN’S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP|
|Day Four: NSU to play for first title|
|Day Four: Chico State fights into final|
|Day Three: Wildcats hold on to lead|
|Day Two: Chico State takes lead|
|Day One: Central Oklahoma sits in first|
|Leaderboard: Team | Individual|
|• Field announced|
|• Championship history|
“Today was a full team win that took a lot of heart, said head coach Garrett Runion. “The guys fought hard, it took a lot of heart to battle back the way that we did. I told them that we would get stronger as we moved on and tomorrow we will be in our Sunday’s best, white pants, ready to build on our success.”
No. 17 Oscar Lengdèn had a stand-alone performance for the Sharks, capturing the largest margin head-to-head victory against Dillon Rust by six-strokes, shooting a six-under 66. Lengdèn, presented the Phil Mickelson Award as the nation’s top freshman this season posted 10 pars and seven birdies en route to the win.
Mitch Farrer was the first Shark to finish Friday, giving NSU an early lead by defeating Andrew Green by one stroke. Farrer carded a 3-under 69 with 11 pars and five birdies, two of which came in the final five holes of the round.
No. 9 Ricardo Celia finished his round tied with Baer Aneshansley, with each player tallying a 2-under 70. Celia led by a pair of strokes on the back nine, but two late-round bogeys gave Aneshansley the opportunity to come back and even the match.
No. 1 Benjamin Taylor and Ben Vertz each suffered close losses in their heads-up matches. Vertz fell just one stroke shy of a tie with Derek Franco, 77-76 respectively. Franco made a late charge, finishing his round with a birdie and par to give the Broncos a point.
Taylor posted an impressive 4-under 68, but individual national champion Josh Creel was able to play to a -6 66, to give Central Oklahoma the evening point.
The Sharks, on paper, match up very well against the Wildcats as they will meet head-to-head on the tee box Saturday to battle through 18 holes to determine the national champion. This will be the Sharks and Wildcats sixth full round in five days. The one minor twist to the seeding for Chico State is the Frazzetta, Souza swap. Souxa, the No. 2 seed has played as the No. 1 for the Wildcats all season and Frazzetta the No. 1 seed has played as the No. 2.