CONOVER, N.C. (May 9, 2018) – Heading into the day sitting among schools in position for a bid into the NCAA Division II National Championship, Rollins couldn't keep pace with the loaded field and finished 13th at the South/SE Region Tournament.
Rollins shot scores of 294-290 the first two days and were tied for fifth heading into Wednesday. A solid front-nine had the Tars still in the mix in the middle of the day before a tough back-nine and low scores from the last wave of teams pushed Rollins down the leaderboard as the round went on. The 10th-ranked Tars posted a 16-over 300 Wednesday and finished with a 32-over score of 884.
Top-ranked West Florida went 11-under on Wednesday and took the team title with a 12-under score of 840 (282-285-273). Second-ranked Florida Southern was two back in second, followed by Barry (+1) and Lynn (+2). Lincoln Memorial (+16) took fifth with Delta State and Saint Leo tying for sixth at 24 over to also grab spots in the National Championship.
Sam Grindle led the Tars at the tournament, finishing tied for 28th with a five-over 218. The senior shot scores of 71-73 the first two days and finished strong with a three-over 74 on Wednesday. He was two-over at the turn and slipped to three-over before birdies on No. 12 and No. 16 got him back to one-over. He then took a double-bogey on the last hole of the day and dropped eight spots on the leaderboard.
Morgan Egloff tied for 32nd, shooting scores of 72-72-75 to finish at six-over (219) for the tournament. In the final round, he erased a bogey on No. 2 with a birdie-four on No. 4 and hit the turn at even for the day. Egloff played the first four holes of the back at four-over and closed with five pars.
Barry Babbitt trudged through his round and posted a nine-over 80 to finish tied for 48th with a nine-over score of 222 (73-69-80). Sitting tied for 12th heading into the last round, he found himself six-over through five holes before a birdie on No. 8 got him to the turn at five-over. Babbitt took a bogey on No. 10 and got the stroke back with a birdie on No. 14 before a quad-bogey on No. 17 and par to close on 18.
Brock Drogosch posted a final round 75 to go along with scores of 78-76 the first two days and tying for 85th (229, +16). His round featured three birdies, including a four on the difficult par-five 18th. Will Hall shot rounds of 79-88-76 and finished 101st with 243 strokes (+30).
John VanDerLann of Florida Southern earned medalist honors with a 10-under score of 203 (70-65-68).
Lenoir-Rhyne served as host of the event at Rock Barn Golf and Spa in Conover, North Carolina. The South/SE Tournament closes the Tars 2017-18 season.