PRINCETON, N.J. - Princeton sophomore Quinn Prchal had his best round of the weekend Saturday at the NCAA Regional at Yale, but his 67 wasn't enough to put him through to the NCAA Championships, while Penn placed 14th at its regional in Noblesville, Ind.
Prchal finished his weekend at six-over, clipping three shots off his total entering Saturday's round and tying for 37th in the 75-player field. From the regional, five teams and the top player not on those teams advanced to the NCAA Championships to begin later this month in Florida, and the number to gain that individual spot turned out to be four-under-par. Ohio State's Addison Coll and Troy's Tolver Dozier, who were at four-under after 54 holes, entered a playoff for the individual bid, which Dozier won on the first hole.
South Florida, which is the host team for the NCAA Championships, won the regional going away, finishing at 14-under to clear even-par San Diego State by 14 shots. Oklahoma State's Jordan Niebrugge, who had the tournament's low round with a course-record 62 Friday, a round that included 10 pars and eight birdies, won medalist honors at -7 by three shots over a trio of players at -4, including Coll, Dozier and Vanderbilt's Matthias Schwab, who is advancing with his team.
Prchal's third round, which began on the 10th hole, started with two bogeys, but the Ivy League individual champion soon got things going, getting birdies on six of the next 15 holes before closing with a bogey on the ninth hole. Of the 225 rounds played over the weekend, only 20, including Prchal's Saturday, were 67 or better.
Penn shot 301 as a team on Saturday at Sagamore Golf Club, after a 322 on Thursday and a 305 on Friday. The Quakers finished at 65-over-par 928 for the event.
Seniors Ben Cooley and Austin Powell led the Quakers in their final collegiate rounds. Cooley was the Quakers' low scorer for the second time this weekend, carding an even-par 72 -- the low round by a Penn player all tournament -- to finish tied for 33rd in the 74-player field at 8-over-par 224. Powell, meanwhile, shot a 74 on Saturday and ended the weekend tied for 59th at 233.
Illinois and SMU tied for the team title, finishing the 54-hole regional at 860. They advanced to the NCAA Championships in Bradenton, Fla. along with UNLV (863), UCLA (869) and Oregon (871).
Illinois' Brian Campbell was the individual medalist at the regional; he shot a 65 on Saturday to propel past the leaders and gain the title with a 10-under-par 206. That put him three shots ahead of Colorado's David Oraee, who qualified for the NCAA Championships as the low individual from a non-advancing team.