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Wildcat Golf Concludes Memorable Season at NCAA Regionals

by | May 20, 2021

Viraj Garewal – from a tournament last season.


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Highlighted by freshman Alex Heffner’s final round score of 2-under 70, Davidson carded a team total of 289 Wednesday as the Wildcats concluded play at the 2021 NCAA Men’s Golf Tallahassee Regional.

Making its second postseason appearance in four years, Davidson, the 2021 Atlantic 10 Champions, finished the 54-hole event at 874 (288-297-289), to come home tied for 10 with perennial power No. 23 LSU.

Clayton Tribus

Brian Garrett (71-75-72 = 218), who was selected all-conference last week along with Viraj Garewal (72-75-73 = 220), led the ‘Cats on the individual leaderboard finishing tied for 35th out of 75 competitors.

Heffner (72-77-70 = 219) finished one back of Garrett, while senior Alex Ross concluded his standout career at 223 (77-72-74), just two ahead of teammate Clayton Tribus (73-75-77 = 225).

Ranked No. 2 in the latest Golfstat National Rankings, the host Seminoles led wire-to-wire to capture the team title by 17 shots over Georgia.

Georgia Tech (-16), Liberty (-15) and TCU (-9) rounded out the Top-5 and will also move on to the National Championships, which gets underway May 28 in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Davis Thompson (-14) of Georgia fired a final round 4-under 68 to overtake Jacksonville’s Michael Sakane (-13) and take home individual medalist. Sakane will also advance being the lowest individual not on an advancing team.

In addition to a 287.33 stroke average over its last nine tournament rounds, Davidson finished the 2021 spring with six Top-10 showings, including one title.

About the 2021 NCAA Men’s Golf Championships
Regional play for the 2021 Division I Men’s Golf Championships will be held May 17-19, with play taking place at The Sagamore Club in Noblesville, Ind., hosted by Ball State; Seminole Legacy Golf Club in Tallahassee, Fla., hosted by Florida State; Championship Course at UNM in Albuquerque, N.M., hosted by New Mexico; Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla., hosted by Oklahoma State; Golf Club of Tennessee in Kingston Springs, Tenn., hosted by Vanderbilt; and Tumble Creek Golf; Country Club in Cle Elum, Wash., hosted by Washington.

Three of the six regional sites will have 13 teams and 10 individuals competing, while three will have 14 teams and five individuals. The top five teams (30 teams total) and the low individual not on an advancing team from each regional site (six individuals total) will advance to the national championships at Grayhawk.

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