SIMPSONVILLE, Ky. – The golf teams at Chico State and Cal State Stanislaus have been trading punches all season long. This afternoon, the Wildcats are hoping to deliver the knockout. Both teams won NCAA Championship quarterfinal matches early this morning to advance to the semifinals, where they’ll soon square off with a spot in the NCAA medal/match play final and a chance for the NCAA title on the line.
Chris Doyle, Kyle Souza and Eric Frazzetta each dominated their matches as top-seeded Chico State beat No. 8 seed Central Missouri 3-2 in the quarterfinals. Souza shot a 4-under par 68 to win by five strokes. Frazzetta played even-par golf and won by six shots. And Chris Doyle delivered a 1-over par 73 and won by nine strokes.
|DII MEN’S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP|
|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|
Kevin Rei’s quintuple bogey at the fourth hole derailed his chances. He finished 4-over par and lost by five strokes. Bobby Bucey bogeyed his last hole to finish 6-over par and lost by a stroke.
Chico State and Cal State Stanislaus have both been ranked among the nation’s top 10 for nearly the entire season. Both teams have finished first in seven events this season. The Wildcats won the California Collegiate Athletic Association Championship and Cal State Stanislaus came back the next week to nip the Wildcats at the West/Central Super Regional.
Chico State won the stroke play portion of the NCAA Championships to earn the top seed in medal/match play. Cal State Stanislaus, the No. 4 seed, defeated Georgia College & State to move into the semifinals.
In medal/match play, players are paired to face off for the best 18-hole score. One point will be awarded to the winner of each individual match and the first team to three points wins. Ties will be broken by overall team score.
Frazzetta, Chico State’s top seed thanks to his fifth-place finish in stroke play, is the Wildcats’ top seed and will take on Cal State Stanislaus’ Trevor Blair. Souza will be matched with Rob Damschen. Rei will face Chris McCracken. Bucey will be paired with Paul Smith. And Doyle will duel with Teddy Schrier.