GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The game of golf comes down to a few strokes and that can be said about the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association qualifier during the past three rounds. In the fall, four teams qualified for the spring showdown of 54 holes to determine the automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament for the winner.
After 18 holes the Bulldogs trailed Calvin College by nine strokes and finished second a couple of weeks ago. Last weekend, the weather played a factor at Watermark Country Club and the final two rounds were moved to Friday and Saturday. Yesterday, Adrian put themselves in a tough position by shooting 332 which placed third on the day and put them double-digit strokes out of first place.
On Saturday, the Bulldogs made a strong push and won the final 18 holes with a team score of 316 which was seven strokes ahead of Calvin. Adrian's 54-hole total of 961 fell five strokes shy of Calvin's 956 and thus prevented them from making their first trip to the NCAA Tournament.
"We really played well today and thought at the turn that we still had a chance at the NCAA's," said head coach Troy Martin. "Our first two rounds put us in a tough spot and we just could not climb out of it. I'm very proud of the team and feel like we are so close to contending for conference championships and a trip to nationals."
Nick Hocker tied for second on Saturday with a five-over par 77. Connor Doria tied for fifth with a seven-over par 79. Brad Haley and Cameron McKee each carded an 80 to round out the four-man scoring for the Bulldogs.