May 16, 2009
Bowling Green, Ky. -
After multiple weather delays, the University of Louisville's men's golf season came to a disappointing end at the NCAA Central Regionals at the Club at the par 72, 7,372-yard Olde Stone in Bowling Green, Ky.
The top five teams advanced to the NCAA Championships in Toledo, Ohio on May 27-30. The Cardinals will not advance for the first since the 2006 season. Louisville had been to the last two NCAA Championships, including a school-best 10th-place finish a year ago.
As a team, the Cardinals finishied in a tie for sixth place, firing 296-293-296=885 . The Cardinals were 8-over par for the day and 21-over par for the entire tournament, tying with NC State and Ole Miss. The Cardinals were four shots back of fifth-place Duke.
UCLA won the regional by overcoming a large deficit to outlast Washington. The Bruins were 2-under par on the day to win by seven strokes. Ohio State, Georgia Tech and Duke also advanced.
"It was a tough round for us today," said head coach Mark Crabtree, who's team shot an 8-over par on the day. "For the group, I think the inexperience hurt us. It's something we need to build upon for next year. I hope we can take this experience and work towards getting to the next level. Overall, it was a good season. We return everybody except Adam so I think we can be a good team."
Senior Adam Hadwin's career came to an impressive close, carding 74-71-71=216, which was at even par for the tournament. Hadwin finished in a tie for seventh-place. He looked to have a shot at advancing as an individual when he birdied No. 14 to go to 3-under par for the day. However, a double bogey on 16 and a pair of pars on holes 17 and 18 ended his tournament hopes.
Freshman Connor Arendell, who was making his first post-season appearance played pretty well, shooting 73-74-76=223 to tie for 27th-place overall. He shot 7-over par for the tournament.
Freshman Riley Wheeldon
, the BIG EAST's Newcomer of the Year, was pretty solid all week on one of the toughest courses in the country. He carded a 74-74-76=224 for the three days, which was 8-over par. He was tied for 30th.
Sophomore Karsten Clements, who rebounded from a 7-over par first round, was just 3-over par over the next two rounds to finish 79-74-73=226. He finished 39th.
Freshman Justin Dorward, playing in his first regional, was up and down all week. He fired a 14-over par 75-79-76=230 during the three rounds. He finished in 48th-place overall.
The weekend was full of stops and starts, experiencing a number of delays due to weather. Play was delayed for the fifth time during the three days at 12:51 p.m. (CST) on Saturday with two of the Cardinals through nine holes. After a 34-minute lightning delay, the Cardinals returned to the course, but could never fully recover.
The Cardinals finally finished the second round about 11:00 a.m. (CST) on Saturday morning. The round was scheduled to start at 7:30 a.m. (CST) with a shot gun start, but play was once again delayed until 9:12 a.m. (CST) due to lightning in the area.
The Cardinals, who had about five holes to play on Saturday morning, finished the second round at 13-over par and in a three-way tie for fourth place with Ohio State and NC State.
NCAA Central Regional Scoreboard
1. UCLA (-1)
2. Washington (+6)
3. Georgia Tech (+16)
Ohio State Univ. (+16)
5. Duke University (+17)
T6. Louisville, U. of (+21)
T6. Mississippi, U. of (+21)
T6. North Carolina State (+21)
9. Middle Tennessee St. (+22)
10. Vanderbilt (+25)