SAMMAMISH, Wash. (May 17, 2017) – Senior Ryan Wallen wrapped up his final round of the NCAA Men’s Division I Washington Regional on Wednesday at the Aldarra Golf Club, carding a 77 (+6) to tie for 38th overall.
Wallen started the day four over on his first four holes, leaving himself with a steep hill to climb to earn the individual bid to the NCAA Championship. Back-to-back birdies late in the round brought Wallen into the top half of the field, but a bogey on 17 bumped him back down. Wallen finished with a tournament score of 223 (+10), ahead of all four of the other golfers who earned individual bids to the Washington Regional.
“We knew we needed to shoot under par today, and that probably resulted in him playing too aggressive,” UW head coach Joe Jensen said. “It was still an awesome tournament for him, but he just didn’t play as well today as he did the last two days. Wanting to finish well probably made him a little tight, but it was still a good showing and I’m proud of him.”
The conditions of the course made things tough on Wednesday. Only 13 of the field of 75 student-athletes scored under par on the day. Just 10 players finished the tournament under par. Penn State’s Cole Miller claimed the individual title with a score of 206 (-7), three strokes ahead of three players at -4.
Top-seed USC won the regional as the only team to finish under par with a score of 849 (-3). Kent State moved into second on Wednesday with a mark of 855 (+3), followed by Florida State and Penn State tying for third with scores of 862 (+10). Alabama rounded out the top five, scoring an 863 (+11). Chandler Phillips of Texas A&M earned the individual spot finishing at two under with a mark of 211.
Team Standings – Top Five
1. USC: 280 – 283 – 286 = 849 (-3)
2. Kent State: 287 – 282 – 286 = 855 (+3)
T3. Florida State: 278 – 288 – 296 = 862 (+10)
T3. Penn State: 290 – 288 – 282 = 862 (+10)
5. Alabama: 283 – 297 – 285 = 863 (+11)