SILVIS, Ill. – Northwestern came up just short of making the cut for the fourth and final round of the NAIA Men’s Golf Championships at TPC Deere Run here Thursday.
The Red Raiders were 18th in the team standings through three rounds. Only the top 17 teams and ties advanced to the final round. The Red Raiders wound up only six shots behind 17th-place British Columbia, 887-893.
Justin Kraft and Evan Schuler each caught fire for Northwestern on Thursday, Kraft, the Great Plains Athletic Conference player of the year, fired a 4-under-par 67 (32-35) while Schuler carded 34-34—68, or 3-under par. Colton Kooima, the other of the three Northwestern seniors playing in their fourth straight national tournament, matched par with 34-37—71.
Zach Riddle carded 40-39—79 and Austin Reitz 43-37—80 in the third round. Northwestern made the cut here last season, finishing 13th overall.
Kooima, the Great Plains Athletic Conference men’s basketball player of the year, paced Northwestern over the three rounds of competition with 73-76-71—220. Schuler shot 75-78-68—221 and Kraft 78-77-67—222. Reitz, meanwhile, totaled 73-78-80—231 and Riddle 79-80-79—238.
Oklahoma City is the team leader heading into the final round with 848, while Dalton State and Coastal Georgia are tied for second at 856.
S.M. Lee of Dalton State stands at 10-under 203, enjoying a five-shot advantage in the individual standings over Rupert Kaminsky of Oklahoma City and Ben Kendrick of Cumberlands.