SATURDAY, MAY 19, 2007
Knox goes deep, Stewart falls back in final round of NCAA East Regional
May 19, 2007
ATLANTA - Final Results
Russell Knox knew he needed a great final round to have a chance at advancing out of the NCAA East Regional.
On Saturday, Knox cruised around the Golf Club of Atlanta with a four-under par 68 that moved him to four-over par for the tournament, but came up short as he tied for 23rd, moving up 48 spots in the final round.
JU's Duncan Stewart was unable to get any momentum and shot an 81 in the final round to tie for 105th place at 18-over par.
"Russell has a really good round today and had a lot of birdie chances that didn't go in, so it could have been even better," said JU head coach Jim Taketa. "You have to be very calculating on every shot because if you miss on the wrong side, it is very penal."
Teeing off on the 10th hole, Knox's round didn't get off to the start he envisioned as he bogeyed the 13th hole.
That was quickly offset by a flurry of activity on the final four holes of the front nine - a birdie at the 15th, a bogey at the 17th and an eagle at the 18th to make the turn at one-under par.
With momentum on his side, Knox went to work on the back nine. On the par-4 second hole, Knox holed out from 130 yards to go to three-under par for the round with his second eagle.
A birdie at the fourth hole moved him to four-under par, but he gave that back with a bogey at the sixth. He ended his Regional trip on a high note, rolling in a birdie on the ninth hole to finish off a four-under par 68.
After carding a 71 in the second round, Stewart was unable to find the magic touch again on Saturday. Teeing off on the 10th as well, Stewart opened with a double bogey and it didn't get better from there as he had two bogeys, a triple bogey offset by a birdie on the 16th to make the turn at six-over par for the round.
The back nine wasn't much better, as he bogeyed the fourth, triple bogeyed the sixth before finishing with a birdie on the ninth to post an 81 in his final collegiate round.
It is a bittersweet ending for the two JU seniors who have reached great heights during their careers. For Stewart, it was his third appearance in the NCAA postseason while Knox was making second.
"These guys have done so much in the collegiate careers and I wish them well in their future endeavors," Taketa said. "They have set the standard here at JU - not only in their play, but also in getting their degree in four years. These young men have a very bright future ahead of them whatever road they choose."
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