May 26, 2014
HUTCHINSON, Kan. - The No. 13 UAB men's golf team finished 21st at the 2014 NCAA Championship after shooting a 295 (+15) in the third round at the Prairie Dunes Country Club. The Blazers shot a three-round total of 862 (+22), which is a school-best since the institution of match play.
"It was a tough round," said head coach Alan Murray. "We got off to a slow start. Nothing really happened for us. The good shots that we hit we didn't take advantage of and everyone had a couple of bad holes. I think it is just one of those tough days you get in golf. Pretty much all of our guys had one. We are disappointed, but these boys will learn from it and I am sure it will help them in the future."
UAB's 21st-place finish was the second-best as a team in school history. The Blazers got off to a slow start and fell behind early in the round. However, the team picked up several birdies on the second nine to finish the day strong.
All five players recorded birdies on the seventh hole. Junior Paul Dunne had his only birdie of the day on hole seven. He wrapped up the third round with a 72 (+1). Dunne was the top finisher individually for UAB. He placed tied for 19th with a three-round total of 209 (-1). It was a career-best finish at the NCAA Championships.
Senior Sam Love had three birdies in the final seven holes to finish with a 72 (+2). He finished the tournament with a 214 (+4) to take 55th overall. His individual finish was also a career-best.
Fellow senior Thomas Sutton closed out the tournament with a 75 (+5) in the third round. He recorded two birdies, holes seven and 11, on the afternoon. Sutton totaled 218 (+8) over the three rounds to finish tied for 89th.
In his first appearance at the NCAA Championship, sophomore Martin Rohwer had a three-day total of 221 (+11) to finish tied for 113th. He recorded a 76 (+6) in the third round after capping off the day with two birdies in the final three holes.
Wrapping up the Blazers' lineup was senior Wilson McDonald. McDonald scored a 78 (+8) in the third round and finished the tournament with a 234 (+24) to tie for 152nd.
UAB closed out a great 2013-14 season at the NCAA Championship. The Blazers made their fifth appearance at the NCAA nationals and had their best finish at a regional after taking second at Sugar Grove.
"They are an excellent team," remarked Murray. "They have played really well all year. Right now it is still probably a bit raw and the guys are disappointed in how it finished, but overall they have had a great year. The results speak for themselves. We had several guys win tournaments individually and everyone has contributed. I am just really proud of them and pleased with this group. I am really going to miss the three seniors so we will have to restock the cupboard now and get ready for next year."