CHANDLER, Ariz. — Despite a record-breaking final round, Dixie State saw its bid to win an RMAC title in its debut season come up just one stroke short as the Trailblazers finished second at the 2019 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference men’s golf championships Tuesday at the Ocotillo Resort Golf Club.
The Trailblazers (278-281-268-827, -25), who opened Tuesday’s final round seven shots off the pace set by Colorado School of Mines (277-275-274-826, -26), trimmed the Mines lead down to two strokes as the last two pairings reached the final hole of regulation. However, DSU could not overtake the Orediggers on that final hole as CSM escaped with the RMAC team crown.
Dixie State posted the low team round of the tournament with a school 18-hole scoring record 16-under par 268 on Tuesday, which was one of three team scoring records that fell during the three-day event. DSU’s 36-hole score of 559 shattered the previous school record of 562 set this past October at the DSU-hosted Fall Regional Preview, while the Blazers’ 827 total team score bested the previous program 54-hole record by 12 shots (839) posted last season at the Western New Mexico Mustang Intercollegiate (4/2-3/18). In addition, Tuesday’s 268 eclipsed DSU’s previous 18-hole mark of 275, which was recorded three times, most recently in the final round of last year’s WNMU event.
Senior Nicklaus Britt (66-68-66) claimed his second straight conference individual championship (2018 Pacific West Conference medalist) as he beat out his teammate, sophomore Spencer Wallace, by two strokes to take home medalist honors. Britt eagled his second hole of the day and rolled in four birdies on the back nine, including a clutch birdie on 18 that pulled DSU to within a stroke of the lead, on his way to a final round 5-under 66.
Britt finished with a three-round score of 13-under par 200 for the championship, which broke his own school 54-hole scoring record of 202 he set at the 2017 Pacific West Conference Championships.
Meanwhile Wallace (72-65-65) posted his second consecutive conference runner-up finish (2018 PacWest) behind Britt overall, thanks in large part to him carding his second straight 6-under 65 with six birdies and no bogeys, en route to a three-round score of 11-under 202 (t-2nd all-time on DSU’s 54-hole scoring list). In fact, Wallace played his final 39 holes of the tournament in 14-under par with a combined 14 birdies and no bogeys, which helped him vault up from a tie for 16th after Sunday’s first round to a runner-up RMAC showing.Comment on this story
Sophomore Brock Nielson (69-74-69) also posted a top-10 individual finish as he finished tied for ninth at minus-1 212 after he fired a final round 2-under 69 with five birdies, while freshman Triston Gardner (74-74-68) penciled in five birdies on his final scorecard to post his low round of the event with a 3-under 68 to place t-20th at plus-3 216, and freshman Noah Schone (71-74-74) wound up tied for 29th at plus-6 219.
Dixie State will wait to see if it makes its 11th straight NCAA postseason appearance as the host institution for the 2019 West/South Central Regional Championships, which will be held May 9-11, at the Ledges Golf Club in St. George.