Maguire highlights North Florida's first-place finish at Tallahassee Regional
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- North Florida made program history Saturday, becoming the first Atlantic Sun team to claim a regional title by winning the NCAA Tallahassee Regional held at Golden Eagle Country Club.
With the victory, UNF advanced to the NCAA championships on May 28 in Atlanta. It will be the Ospreys' consecutive appearance at the NCAAs and third trip in the past four seasons.
The Ospreys posted a final-round 7-under 281 en route to a winning total of 34-under 830, setting a 54-hole record for the program. The victory marked the consecutive tournament title for UNF and third team championship of the spring season.
UNF established A-Sun records in postseason tournament play for both 54-hole total and single-round relation to par score during the event.
Sophomore MJ Maguire led a trio of Ospreys in top-five individual finishes, earning a runner-up tie with FSU's Chase Seiffert at 12-under 204. Maguire's total marked a career best and included a personal-best 65 in the opening round.
Joining Maguire among the medalist leaders were seniors Kevin Phelan and Sean Dale, who tied for fifth with scores of 10-under 206. Dale, the 2013 Atlantic Sun Golfer of the Year, carded a 3-under 69 to pace the Ospreys on the final day, while Phelan fired a 2-under 70 on Saturday.
Sophomore Joey Petronio finished tied for 35th at 2-over 218, including an even-par 72 on the last day. Redshirt freshman Taylor Hancock capped off his tie for 42nd (4-over 220) with his second round under par of the week (1-under 71) in rounding out the Osprey lineup.
“I am extremely proud of and happy for our players and staff,” UNF head coach Scott Schroeder said. “We played really solid and had a total team effort. Every guy in our lineup shot par or better in the final round and that is a pretty good accomplishment. We are definitely looking forward to getting back to the NCAA championship in Atlanta and will be ready to continue working towards more of our goals.”
The Ospreys entered the final round with a two-shot advantage on top-seeded Washington, but traded the lead with the Huskies throughout the final 18 holes and were tied heading into the final two holes of play.
Dale birdied the 18th hole, giving UNF a one-shot lead, while Phelan added a par on the final hole to maintain the margin with one group remaining. Maguire, who struggled with a pair of double-bogeys on the front nine, closed strong. He birdied his final four holes to secure the win.
Advancing with UNF will be runner-up Washington, Florida State, Georgia Tech and Oklahoma, which outlasted South Florida in a team playoff for the fifth spot. UW finished with a final score of 833, followed by FSU (836), Georgia Tech (849) and Oklahoma/South Florida (854).
Washington's Cheng-Tsung Pan was the individual medalist after posting a three-round 15-under 201. Richmond's Daniel Walker, who finished tied for second at 204, advanced to the NCAA championships as an individual.