The Nebraska-Kearney men’s golf team closed out the 2012-13 season by firing a 293 and rallying for a 9th place finish at the NCAA Central-Midwest Regional Wednesday in Kenosha, WI. The 20-team, three-day tournament was hosted by Wisconsin-Parkside at the par 72 The Club at Strawberry Creek. UNK ended with a 54-hole total of 888, believed to be the third lowest score by a Loper team in the Division II era (1991-present).
After rounds of 287 and 308, UNK had just four players available for the third round as Norfolk junior Lance Lawson (149/68-81) couldn’t go due to a lingering injury. All four remaining Lopers shot 74 or better today with Wood River senior Kris Koelzer ending his collegiate career in style with a one over par 73 (34-39) that featured two birdies and a rare hole-in-one. His eagle came on the 12th hole, a par 3 measuring 215 yards.
In the team race, Central Missouri shot a five under par 859 with two nationally-ranked clubs, Central Oklahoma (864) and Missouri-St. Louis (866), close behind. Also qualifying for the NCAA Championships later this month in Pennsylvania was fourth place Bellarmine, Ky. (874) and fifth place SW Oklahoma State (875).