Seasiders advance to NCAA championship

Seasiders advance to NCAA championship

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Federico Clausen led the way and No. 16 BYU-Hawaii men's golf did just enough Wednesday to make the cut for the 2016 NCAA Division II Men's Golf Championship at the New Mexico State University Course.

The Seasiders entered the clubhouse at 20 over with five teams still out on the course and within a stroke of making or missing a trip to Denver for the NCAA championship. Cal State Monterey Bay was tied with BYU-Hawaii for the fifth and final spot over much of its final three holes, but bogeys by Robby Salomon and Anton Rosen proved the difference.

No. 1 Chico State won the team title at even par, while Sam Johnson of Oklahoma Christian took home the individual title.

Clausen started the day strong for the Seasiders with birdies on two of his first three holes. Clausen battled through some struggles on the back of the front nine to birdy on the 15th green and par the final three holes to end at even par on the day.

Dalton Stanger added his best round of the three day tournament at 2-over 73, including seven consecutive pars to end the round. Nicolas Herrera ended his round in similar fashion to Clausen with a birdy at 15 followed by three pars to end at 2 over on the day. Herrrera also had the highest individual ranking for BYU-Hawaii, tying for 17th at 2-over 215 for the tournament.

Brent Grant added a 3-over 74 on the day and finished tied for 24th with teammate Inoka Kahawaii at 5 over after the 54 holes.

The Seasiders will conclude their season May 17-21 at the NCAA Division II Championship at Green Valley Ranch in Denver. Live stats will be available online.

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