DANIELS, W. Va. - - The Wilmington University golf team closed out the 2019 NCAA Division II Golf National Championship with a 309 on Wednesday, finishing the three-day, three-round tournament in 19th place with a three-day score of 914 (+50) at The Resort at Glade Springs.
The Wildcats had a three-day score of 914, shooting rounds of 308-297-309 to finish in 19th overall out of 20 teams with a +50 team score.
The top four teams in the country finished in the top four spots in order, led by top ranked Barry's three round score of 846 (-18). Second ranked Lynn finished with an 853 (-11) while third ranked West Florida finished third with an 862 (-2). Fourth ranked Florida Southern rounds out the top four seeds with an 866 (+2).
The other four teams that advanced to the medal match play were Trevecca Nazarene (869, +5), Arkansas Tech (870, +6), Cal State Monterey Bay (873 (+9), and fifth ranked Lincoln Memorial (874, +10).
Senior Ryan Rucinski closed out his collegiate career with another outstanding performance, shooting a 74 (+2) in the third round to finish in a tie for 21st nationally. He posted rounds of 71-72-74 for a 217 (+1). On Wednesday, he sank another eagle on the par five 12th, getting his round back to even par. But a double bogey on the par three 17th set him back to two-over where he finished. He collected 35 pars for the tournament and finished six-under par on the par five holes this week, ranking ninth for the tournament.
Enrique Valverde tied for 78th for the tournament, collecting a three-round score of 77-74-77 for a 228 (+12). He finished with 13 pars on Wednesday, including each of his final six holes of the tournament. He shot a 77 (+5) on Wednesday in the third and final round.
Braden McKay finished in a tie for 92nd overall closing out the tournament with an 80-72-81 for a 233 (+17). He birdied the par five second hole on Wednesday to get back to even par, but was unable to keep the momentum on the front nine, making the turn with four straight bogeys. He shot an 81 (+9) on Wednesday in the third round.
Matthew Kettleson shot his best round of the tournament on Wednesday, finishing with a 77 (+5). He ended in a tie for 13rd overall with a three-day score of 80-84-77 for a 241 (+25). He birdied the par four fourth and the par four 14th on Wednesday to highlight his round.
Jack Dixon finished out his first national tournament with a 244 (+28), shooting rounds of 84-79-81 throughout the week. He finished in a tie for 106 overall. He eagled the par five second to get to two-under par on Wednesday, but 11 bogeys set him back to his 81 (+9) for the round. Dixon and Rucinski are only 2 of 21 student-athletes to have eagles on the week.
Florida Southern's Michael VanDerLaan came from sixth place after two rounds to win the individual national championship with a 66 (-6) on Wednesday, beating the top ranked player in NCAA Division II Jorge Garcia (Barry) by two strokes. VanDerLaan shot round of 72-69-66 for a 207 (-9) to claim the top spot on the leaderboard.