SIMPSONVILLE, Ky. – Chico State set out on a quest to win the NCAA title this season. The Wildcats took a tremendous step toward that goal Thursday, winning the stroke play section of the NCAA championships.

Chico State’s seventh win in 12 events this season set the Wildcats up as the top seed in medal/match play that begins Friday morning. The Wildcats carded a team score of 3-under par Thursday to finished 13-under in stroke play, besting runner-up Nova Southeastern by four shots.

The Wildcats will face Central Missouri Friday morning , in the quarterfinal round of medal/match play. 

Day Two: Chico State takes lead
Day One: Central Oklahoma sits in first
Leaderboard: Team | Individual
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Field announced
Championship history

In medal/match play, each teams’ players will be paired off 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.

Eric Frazzetta will be the Wildcats’ No. 1 player after finishing tied for 5th at 6-under par. The senior is the eighth Chico State player to finish among the nation’s top five. He was 2-over par Thursday.

Defending National Champion Kyle Souza carded his third consecutive 1-under par 71 to finish tied for 12th. He’ll be the team’s No. 2 player in medal/match play.

Kevin Rei, who carded a team-best 3-under par 69 Thursday, finished stroke play tied for 15th at 1-under. He’ll be the No. 3 seed.

Bobby Bucey will be the No. 4 seed. Bucey experienced his first struggles of the tournament Thursday and was 5-over par through 12, but recovered nicely with three straight birdies on 15, 16, and 17.  He finished 2-over on the day and even par for the tournament in a tie for 19th.

Chris Doyle, the No. 5 seed, shot a 1-under par 71 and finished the 118-player tournament tied for 30th.