Andrew Tichler and Paul Burd
Andrew Tichler and Paul Burd
Men's Golf - Fri, May 19, 2017

NAIA release

For the second straight year, the Bees narrowly missed the cut at the NAIA Men's Golf National Championships. After missing the final round by two shots last year, St. Ambrose came up just three shots short of advancing to the final two rounds at the 2017 National Tournament hosted by SAU at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill.

Weather, which made an impact throughout the week, had golfers battling a variety of conditions - heat, rain, wind and cold. Storms forced second-round delays and ultimately forced the tournament to make its cut following the round, a round earlier than anticipated. With a 625 total, St. Ambrose finished three shots behind Madonna and finished in 18th place as the top 17 teams in the 29-team field advanced to Thursday and Friday's play.

Senior Paul Burd and junior Andrew Tichler made the cut individually after getting inside the top 40 after two rounds.

Burd finished 43th overall after shooting a 311 (77-75-76-83) over his four rounds. Tichler, the only non-senior competing for the Bees, closed his season with a 329 (75-77-89-88).

Adam Hutton shot a two-round 158 (79-79), Bobby Wolfe finished with a 166 (78-88) and Ben Thornton ended with a 173 (88-85).

Even with St. Ambrose missing the cut, the tournament was another success. Grand View forged a final-round rally to win the team championship by five shots over Cardinal Stritch. Freshman Rowan Lester from Texas Wesleyan was the individual medalist with a 3-over 287 (69-72-72-74).

St. Ambrose will serve as host of the NAIA Men's Golf Championship for the third straight year next spring, again at TPC Deere Run.

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