EUREKA, Mo. -- With consistent play and holding the lead after each round of the three-day tournament, Malone, led by head coach Ken Hyland, captured the NCAA Division II Super Regional event on Wednesday, among a 20-team field, to earn the first berth to an NCAA Division II national championship by any Pioneer athletics team. Last fall, the Pioneer golfers became the first Malone team in any sport to earn a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) championship.At the par-72, 7120-yard Fox Run Golf Club, Malone fired a third-round team score of 296 to finish the tournament at 886 (291-299-296), which was + 22 for the event. The Pioneers finished seven strokes ahead of runner-up and No. 5 nationally-ranked Central Missouri, which finished with a score of 893 (293-298-302).
Fellow GLIAC member Saginaw Valley State made an impressive third-round charge by posting a -3 score of 285 today to finish third at 896 (312-299-285) while No. 39 nationally-ranked Central Oklahoma took fourth at 899 (298-300-301).
By virtue of finishing in the top four at the tournament, these teams have all qualified for the NCAA Division II national championships.
Tyler Light paced Malone during the three-day period as he tallied a +2 final score of 218 (69-73-76) to finish tied for fourth overall among the 108 golfers in the field.
Nathan Tarter was close behind Light with a +5 final score of 221 (71-73-77) to finish in a tie for seventh overall.
Finishing with the best score for the final round was Garrison Myles, who carded a 70 (-2) on Wednesday to finish at +7, 223 (75-78-70) and tied for 13th.
Jay Hollifield finished the tournament with a final score of 225 (77-75-73) while Jon Clark came in at 233 (76-79-78).
Michael Colgate of Nebraska-Kearney was the overall individual medalist at the Super Regionals with a -4 total score of 212 (71-69-72). He defeated runner-up Eric Kline, of Central Oklahoma, who was the only other player under par for the tournament at 215 (69-76-70), by three strokes. Colgate and Marcos Sevilla, of Southeastern Oklahoma State, by virtue of his third-place finish at +1, 217 (68-74-75), qualified as individuals to the NCAA Division II national championships.