W&J Men’s Golf Places 34th At NCAA Division III Championship

W&J Men’s Golf Places 34th At NCAA Division III Championship

HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. -- Washington & Jefferson College placed 34th after the second round of the 2012 NCAA Division III Men’s Golf Championship Tournament on Wednesday at the Mission Inn Resort. 

The Presidents missed the team cut for the final two rounds as the top 15 teams will advance to compete for the national title.  W&J shot a two-day score of 644 (316-328) in the 41-team, 210-golfer field.  The final teams to make the cut were Greensboro and Wittenberg, who both shot 602. 

Oglethorpe (Ga.) leads the tournament by 14 shots (578--285-293) over Methodist (592).  Texas-Tyler and Guilford are tied for third with 595, while Transylvania, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, Redlands, Illinois Wesleyan and St. John Fisher are all tied for fourth place with 596 strokes. 

On Wednesday, W&J played the El Campeon course and was led by sophomore PING All-Region honoree  Colin Izzo (Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow).  Izzo carded four birdies and shot a two-over par score of 74.  He tied for 82nd place in the standings with 154 strokes (80-74).  Izzo notched 20 pars and six birdies during the two days of competition. 

Senior Pete Petrides (Steubenville, Ohio/Steubenville) wrapped up his career by tying for 141st place with a two-day score of 161 (78-83). 

Freshman Ryan Mazza (Pittsburgh, Pa./Chartiers Valley) tied for 169th place with 166 (80-86), while classmate Matthew Long (East Stroudsburg, Pa./Notre Dame) carded back-to-back rounds of 85 to finish 186th.  Freshman Matt Stearns (Saegertown, Pa./Saegertown) finished one place back in 187th with 171 strokes (78-93).  Stearns concluded the tournament with three total birdies, including the par 3 15th hole on Wednesday.