Sanders Takes Home Bronze as Redlands Men's Golf Finishes Fifth at NCAA Championships
The fifth-ranked University of Redlands men's golf team finished out the 2012 NCAA Division III Championships with a solid effort to take fifth in the national standings on Friday at Howey-in-the-Hills, FL. With sophomore Jeremy Sanders (Chatsworth, CA) tying for third in the individual race, the Bulldogs notched a tournament total of 1197, which was just one stroke off of fourth-place Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges.
Fellow Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) foe, the University of La Verne, came in 14th with a score of 1212.
Oglethorpe University (GA) led wire-to-wire over the course of the event, recording the program's second national title.
For Redlands, Sanders provided a consistent performance throughout the tournament, scoring 74 or below in every round for a four-day total of two-over at 290. On Friday, Sanders knocked in four of his 14 birdies for the tournament. Overall, he also tied for the third-best showing in the field for the par-four holes with an average score of 4.08.
Freshman standout Bobby Holden (Simi Valley, CA) wrapped up an admirable national debut with a round of 75 to finish tied for 31st. During the tournament, he ranked second among the field for par-five scoring by notching an average score of 4.63. He also sank 15 birdies to lead the Bulldogs, which included two in the final round.
Fellow rookie Perry Johnson (Lake Forest, IL) closely followed Holden by also carding a 75 to complete his inaugural NCAA Championship experience. Johnson finished one stroke behind Holden in the individual standings, earning a tie for 36th. Johnson hit a team-best 47 pars over the course of the week, highlighted by 12 on Friday.
Redlands returned to the NCAA Championships for the second time in three years and earned its best finish since 2008 with this year's showing.