AUSTIN, Texas – California Baptist University went out the way it wanted, with its best round of the NCAA Division II West Regional Tournament.
All five Lancers broke 80 as they posted their tournament-best round of 300 Wednesday at the Grey Rock Golf Club. CBU finished in 17th place with a 920 total and saw Neil Hand post the team’s best round of the three days, as he shot an even-par 72.
St. Edward's, which is ranked 19th in NCAA Division II, won the West with an 878. Fourth-ranked Chico State (894) and No. 18 Hawaii-Hilo (894) tied for second place, while Cal State Monterey Bay (897), Western New Mexico (903) and Simon Fraser (904) grabbed the final berths to the NCAA Division II Championships with a top-six finish.
"The team played much better today and that's all you can ask," head coach John Hackney said. "We were out of it coming into today, so it was about playing with some pride and putting up some respectable numbers, which we did."
Like Hand, Stephen Watson shot a personal-best 73 at the West Regional Wednesday. Watson shot two birdies and three bogeys in his round to finish with a 228 three-round total. Hand had a strong outing with five birdies and bogeys each.
Micah Machado and Tai Kuida broke 80 all three rounds after shooting a 77 and 78 to finish with 226 and 230 totals, respectively. Fredrik Hansson posted his best card of the tournament with a 79 Wednesday, giving him a 245 total.
On the leaderboard, Machado finished 30th, Watson 39th, Kuida 52nd, Hand 86th and Hansson 104th. As seniors, Machado, Watson and Hansson all completed their final tournaments with the Lancers Wednesday.
"Our region is loaded so the men were going to have play really, really well to advance," Hackney said. "This was still a really good year, though. We can build on this next season."