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DESTIN, FLA. — Although the Central College men’s golf team added three strokes to its second-round score, the Dutch moved up one place in the team rankings and are tied for 12th in the NCAA Division III championships Thursday.
After placing 18th and 13th in the first and second rounds, respectively, the Dutch tallied a 303 during the third round on the par-72 Raven golf course at the Sandestin Golf and Beach resort. Central, shooting 306-300-303—909, is tied with Schreiner University (Texas).
“We accomplished our goal for the day,” said coach Chad Green. “We were able to keep moving up the field, but the last hole challenged us again. We might have been in the top 10 today if we had done a little better on the 18th.”
Over halfway through the four-day championship, Central is 33 strokes behind team-leader Transylvania (Ky.), 288-291-297—876. Second-place Texas-Tyler holds a 31-stroke lead over the Dutch, scoring a 293-286-299—878. However, Central is not far from placing in the top 10. Tied for 10th, St. John Fisher College (N.Y.) and St. John’s University (Minn.) each have a total score of 905, just four strokes ahead of the Dutch.
“We have one more day to prove ourselves and grab a top-10 victory,” Green said. “If we keep the big numbers off the scorecard, we definitely have a shot.”
In the individual standings, Brad Shigezawa of Claremont Mudd Scripps (Calif.) leads the field at 72-70-69—211. Cameron Button of Southwestern (Texas) dropped from first to second place at 70-67-78—215.
Justin Livingston (senior, Winterset) leads the Dutch and is tied for 27th at 77-72-74—233. Adam Squires (sophomore, Waterloo, Columbus HS) jumped 46 spots and tallied a team-low 72. He is tied for 43rd at 79-77-72—228.
“Adam started the day hot,” said Green. “He was four strokes under par for a lot of the course. Justin played solid as well. I am happy with both of their performances.”
David Watson (sophomore, San Diego, Calif., Patrick Henry HS) shot 73-79-78—230 is tied for 49th. Jared Nepomuceno (freshman, Corona, Calif., Santiago HS) shot 77-75-82—234 and is tied for 63rd with Desmond Stoll (sophomore, Lockport, N.Y.) who shot 79-76-79—234.
The final round of the tournament will also be played at the Raven golf course at the Sandestin Golf and Beach resort. On the last day, Central is aiming for that top-10 spot.
“We are really hoping that we can crack the top 10,” said Green. “We were so close today, and minus a few errors, we could have had it. We can only control our game and we are going to take it one shot at a time, one hole at a time.”