Bishop Wins Top Individual at NCAA Division II Preview Tournament
BLAINE, Wash. - University of Colorado at Colorado Springs golfer Tyler Bishop shot matching rounds of 1-under par 70 Tuesday to win top individual honors at the NCAA Division II Preview Tournament at Loomis Trail Golf Club.
The senior from Longmont finished with a three-round score of 208 (5-under par), two strokes better than the second-place tie of Matt Ewald from Washburn and Andrew Green from Central Oklahoma.
Bishop has now shot a remarkable eight consecutive rounds below par. His other four rounds this season have all been at even par.
Making the win more impressive is that Bishop did it against many of the finest golfers in all of Division II. As the name implied, the tournament was a who's who of Division II golf powerhouses. Fourteen of the 20 teams are ranked among the top 25 nationally in the Golf World/Nike Coaches' Poll and five others are listed as also receiving votes. UCCS came into the tournament ranked No. 24.
But while Bishop was outstanding, the rest of his Mountain Lion teammates struggled Tuesday. Wade Henry, who was the high scorer Monday, ended up second among UCCS golfers with a three-round score of 229, which placed him tied for 73rd in the 100-golfer field. Brian Morfeld shot a 232, while Riley Andrews and David Cosel each came in at 233.
The result was a disappointing 16th-place finish for the Mountain Lions.
Central Oklahoma, which trailed by 11 strokes after the first round and by five shots following the second, shot a 4-under par 280 in the third-round to take a four-stroke victory in the team scoring.
Central Oklahoma finished with a 54-hole total of 859. Tied for second at 863 in the 20-team field were Sonoma State, which was ninth entering the final round, and Hawaii Hilo (285). Sonoma State finished with a 9-under 275, the best round of the tournament by five strokes.
Nova Southeastern, which led after both the first and second rounds, shot a final-round 296 to finish seventh at 870.
Columbus State placed fourth at 866 (285), followed by South Carolina-Aiken at 868 (285) and Chico State at 869 (288).
Tuesday's first round was actually the completion of Monday's second round, which had been suspended because of darkness. Most Division II golf tournaments schedule two rounds on the first day of competition and the third round the following day.
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