May 19, 2012
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - - University of Louisville senior Justin Dorward finished his career at the University of Louisville by finishing in 52nd place in the NCAA Regional on Saturday at the Olde Stone Country Club in Bowling Green, Ky.
Dorward finished at 12-over par for the three rounds after firing a 2-over par 74. Dorward shot 78-76-74=224.
The product of Port St. Lucie, Fla., started off the round with a par on the 10th hole, but followed it up with a birdie on the 11th. It was just his sixth birdie of the first three rounds. He fired even par in the first nine holes after closing with birdies on 15 and 18.
"This is not what I wanted in the regional," said Dorward. "But I wanted to stick in there and fight."
He started the back nine in even fashion by recording pars on the first three holes. He would bogey the fourth and eighth holes before shooting pars on four other holes.
"Justin had a great career for us," said head coach Mark Crabtree. "He did some amazing things on the course and in the classroom. He has already graduated, which says a lot about him as a person. We will miss him in our program." For his career, Dorward owns a 73.9 stroke average in 40 tournaments and has earned 12 top 10 finishes during a stellar tenure.
"Looking back on my career, I was glad I chose the University of Louisville," said Dorward. "I had great coaches and a great academic staff who helped us out. I couldn't have asked for a better college experience. I'm going back to Florida to turn pro. I'm going to move in with my swing coach and improve my game."
The Cardinals lose just two seniors off the 2011-12 squad, and have a good nucleus of players returning in Chris Malec and Max Walz. Crabtree also signed three players, who will likely make an immediate impact.