HERSHEY — The IUP men’s golf team recorded the second-best round of the day and fourth-best of the week, shooting a 5-over 289 as a team in the third round, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Crimson Hawks’ season going.
IUP finished the NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championships at the Hershey Country Club in 14th place overall with a 55-over 907, nine strokes shy of qualifying for the final championship round. The top eight teams from the first three rounds of competition advanced to the finals.
The Crimson Hawks dramatically improved each round, shooting a 314 on Monday and a 304 on Tuesday before shaving off even more strokes with their 289 on Wednesday.
Only two teams in the tournament field broke the 290 mark for a round, including Barry University twice (284 in round one; 288 in round two) and Florida Southern (280 in round three).
Florida Southern leads with a 15-over 867, and Barry (Fla.) is second with a 24-over 876.
Zack Kempa was the top golfer for the Crimson Hawks, finishing in a tie for 11th place with a 5-over 218 for the tournament. He shot a 1-over 72 on Wednesday.
Indiana High School graduate Sean Sweithelm wrapped up his career with a 15-over 228, tied for 44th place overall.
Jack Owen finished the tournament in a tie for 64th place with an 18-over 231, and Kenny Sames finished his first NCAA championships in a tie for 83rd with a 22-over 235.
Derek Baker finished his IUP career with a fantastic turnaround, finishing with a 1-over 72 in the third round after opening the tournament with a 14-over 85 on Monday. He finished tied for 87th with a 23-over 236.
This was IUP’s sixth straight NCAA championship appearance and second straight 14th-place finish.
Joining Florida Southern and Barry in the final eight is Nova Southeastern, Lynn, South Carolina-Aiken, California State-Monterey Bay, Missouri-St. Louis and Western Washington.
Florida Southern’s Tim Crouch took the individual title with a 2-under 211.