Emilio Cuartero is the 2014 NCAA Columbia Regional Champion.
May 17, 2014
Columbia, Mo.--With its third-place finish at the NCAA Columbia Regional Saturday, Mizzou Golf advances to the NCAA National Championships for the first time since 2005. The Tigers shot 27-under par overall and senior Emilio Cuartero took home the Columbia Regional individual title after shooting a 7-under par 65, during Saturday's final round at Old Hawthorne.
The top five teams at the Columbia Regional all qualified for NCAA Finals in Hutchinson, Kan., May 23-28. After struggling at the start of the day, No. 2 Oklahoma State (-33) caught fire on the back nine to take home the regional title. No. 24 Arkansas (-28) barely edged out Missouri on the final few holes to finish in second. No. 14 LSU (-15) and Iowa State (-15) tied for fourth to advance. Denny McCarthy (-7) of Virginia tied for sixth individually and will continue postseason play as an individual competitor.
Cuartero (-11) is the first regional champion for the Tigers since Jace Long won in 2011 at Ocala, Calif. The senior shot his best round of golf Saturday to earn his second victory of the season; the finish also marks his fourth top five finish this year. The Lledia, Spain, native's third round score of 65 marks the lowest round score he has shot in a tournament at Old Hawthorne in his collegiate career.
Senior Hunter Kraus (-10) led the tournament heading into Saturday's round and birdied on the final hole to finish in a three-way tie for second with Jordan Niebrugge and Talor Gooch of Oklahoma State. The second-place finish is Kraus' top finish on the season and best finish at a regional in his collegiate career.
Junior Ryan Zech (-5) completed play tied for 14th, and has finished among the top 15 individuals at both regionals he has participated in during his career. The junior shot even with par during the final round and has recorded seven top-20 finishes on the season.
Euan Walker (E) finished in a tie for 26th in his first career regional appearance. After shooting a 2-over par 74 in the first round, the freshman regrouped to shoot two consecutive scores of 1-under par, 71 to conclude tournament play.
Wilson Sundvold (+12) advanced in the standings during the final round of play. The junior recorded his best score in the third round as he finished the day 1-under par.
NCAA Championship play runs from May 23-28, at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan. Thirty teams qualified out of regionals to participate in a 54-hole stroke play event. At the conclusion of stroke play, the top eight teams will be seeded and compete in match play to determine the National Champion.
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