COLUMBUS, Ohio – Playing in rainy conditions for the third consecutive day, the No. 10 seeded Jacksonville University men's golf team concluded play at the 2018 NCAA Columbus Regional, Wednesday afternoon.
The Dolphins displayed their best golf of the tournament in the final round, shooting +15, 299 on the par 71, 7364-yard Scarlet Golf Course at The Ohio State University. JU concluded its second-straight national postseason appearance in a tie with No. 48 Tennessee for 10th place out of the 13-team field (300+301+299=900).
The squad placed two strokes behind No. 49 Louisville (+46, 898), and placed a decisive margin between themselves and automatic qualifiers Yale (+62, 914) and Cleveland State (+77, 929).
Concluding his illustrious four-year career at Jacksonville, senior No. 39 Raul Pereda shot +4, 75 his third time around, leading the five-man squad with a four-way tie for 24th place overall (+7, 220).
Freshman Michael Sakane birdied on holes 1 and 12 to shoot a team-low +2, 73 on the day. The 2017-18 ASUN Freshman of the Year finished the week +11, 224, landing in a knot for 37th.
Sophomore Eduardo Carrete and Junior Sam Uhland were not far behind, carding +4, 75 and +5, 76, respectively, in round 3. Second-Team All-ASUN member Carrete finished tied for 46th place (+14, 227), while ASUN All-Academic Team honoree Uhland concluded in a split for 52nd (+16, 229). All-Freshman Team member Aaeri Krishnan wrapped up his first NCAA Regional appearance in 71st, going +35, 248 in three rounds of action.
Finishing off a decisive tournament victory, No. 1 seed Oklahoma State shot +1, 285 on the final day to walk away -8, 844 on the week, en-route to their home course in Stillwater, OK, where the NCAA Championships will take place later this month. Joining them from the Columbus Regional will be No. 2 Illinois (Even-par, 852), No. 4 UNLV (+15, 867), No. 6 Northwestern (+16, 868) and No. 3 Texas Tech (+18, 870), who make up the top-five teams that advance.
Competing as an individual, Michigan's no. 14 Kyle Mueller stormed up eight spots in the final round to claim individual medalist honors, carding a tournament-tying low of -5, 66 with seven birdies. The Wolverine senior finished the tournament -5, 208, two strokes ahead of Oklahoma State's No. 4 Matthew Wolff and No. 19 Zach Bauchou, who slid down from first and second place after day 2 to tie for the runner-up spot, carding -3, 210 on the week.
Jacksonville caps off the 2017-18 season after competing in 10 tournaments across Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Ohio. The team exhibited four top-5 finishes, taking home the gold at the Bridgestone Stroke Play on September 19, 2017, and placing second at the Tar Heel Intercollegiate on October 7-8, 2017 and the Seminole Intercollegiate on February 24-25. In addition to receiving a GolfStat ranking as high as No. 41, which ranked second in program history, Pereda made it as high as No. 38, setting a new mark among Dolphin golfers for an individual ranking.