Men’s Golf Places 36th at the 2017 NCAA Championship, Dugas Makes the Cut

Gavin Dugas teeing off at the 2017 NCAA DIII Championship on May 17, 2017. (Photo by Mike Dugas)
Gavin Dugas teeing off at the 2017 NCAA DIII Championship on May 17, 2017. (Photo by Mike Dugas)

HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. – The Husson University men's golf team competed in the second round of the 2017 NCAA Division III Championship on Wednesday, May 17 and carded a 334. The Eagles played the par-72, 6,844-yard El Campeón Golf Course at the Mission Inn Resort & Club in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida on Wednesday and finished tied for 36th with a 657 (323-334).

Following the first two rounds of play, the field was cut to the top 18 teams and six individuals not on an advancing team. Husson's sophomore Gavin Dugas made the cut as an individual after carding a 148 (72-76), becoming the first golfer in program history to make the cut since Husson joined the NCAA in 2004. He joins Husson Hall of Famers, Joe Alvarez '02 - who made the cut at the 2001 NAIA National Championship - and Mike Norris '83 - who made the cut at the 1979 NAIA National Championship - as the only golfers in program history to make the cut at a National Championship. Dugas led the Eagles for the second straight day on Wednesday with four over par 76.

Sophomore Daulton Wickenden carded a 164 (80-84) and finished tied for 153rd, junior Taylor Morang tied for 186th with a 170 (85-85), while freshman Tyler Swarthout fired a 179 (90-89) to close out his rookie season in a tie for 209th.

The top-ranked Huntingdon Hawks continued their excellent play Wednesday as they carded a 3-over-par 291 on the Las Colinas Course to maintain their position atop the leaderboad, sitting at 8-over 584 through 36 holes. That put them four strokes ahead of second-place Wittenberg, who posted an impressive 2-over 290 on Tuesday on the signature El Campeón Course to vault four spots from their sixth-place tie at the end of the first round.

It was another good day for Huntingdon's Addison Lambeth, as well, as he maintained sole possession of the individual lead with an even-par 72 on the afternoon, giving himself a 2-stroke lead over Guilford's Josh Hill and Wittenberg's Cameron Willis. 

Play resumes Thursday, May 18, as the final two rounds will be played on the par-72, 6,844-yard El Campeón Course. Dugas is set to tee off at 9:30 a.m.