May 17, 2014
SUGAR GROVE, Ill. - The No. 21 UAB men's golf team has advanced to the 2014 NCAA Championships after finishing second at the Sugar Grove Regional at Rich Harvest Farms. The Blazers shot a 298 (+10) in the final round and finished 882 (+18) overall.
"I am pleased that we are going to finals," said head coach Alan Murray. "Right now we are probably a little disappointed that we didn't win the tournament. We came up a shot short so that was a little disappointing, but overall the guys were excellent. Paul (Dunne) finishing third was superb. Martin Rohwer had a good tournament. Everyone contributed over the week so I am very pleased and proud of the guys."
UAB had a great start in the final round, as each of the five players birdied on the second hole. Junior Paul Dunne led the Blazers with a third place finish overall after a three-round total of 218 (+2). He finished with an even par 72 in the third round with three birdies and an eagle on the seventh hole.
Sophomore Martin Rohwer also finished the third round even par. He tied for sixth with a 220 (+4) over the three days. Rohwer had three birdies in the first seven holes on Saturday. It was his first appearance in the NCAA regionals.
Finishing tied for 11th was senior Sam Love. Love recorded a total of 222 (+6) over the three rounds. He shot a 77 (+5) in the third round on Saturday. He notched birdies on the second and seventh holes on the final day.
Senior Wilson McDonald closed out the tournament with a 77 (+5) in the final round. He finished with a total of 224 (+8) to tie for 17th. McDonald had two birdies in Saturday's round. He also recorded an eagle on the 17th hole in the second round.
It is the fifth time in school history that UAB has advanced to the NCAA Championships. The last time the Blazers made it to nationals was in the 2011-12 season. This is the team's first appearance under Murray, who is in his first season as head coach for the Blazers.
"We will have a few days in Birmingham before we travel to Kansas so we will do a lot of short game work," said Murray. "The golf course is meant to be tough. From what I hear the condition, it gets a lot of wind so no matter how good you are playing you are always going to miss a few greens so chipping and putting will become vitally important. The guys will get a little bit of rest as well. It has been a long week.
UAB will have a week off before it travels to Hutchinson, Kan. to play in the National Championships at the Prairie Dunes Country Club May 23-28.