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No. 14 Hampden-Sydney Finishes 12th At The 2019 NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championships In Kentucky

Allen Smith
Allen Smith

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. -- Nationally-ranked No. 14 Hampden-Sydney College posted a final-round team score of 301 on Friday for a 72-hole score of 1222 (297-315-309-301) to finish in 12th-place at the 2019 NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championships played at the Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Kentucky.

H-SC was led by sophomore Allen Smith/Durham, N.C. with his four-day score of 73-80-81-72--306, that tied for 49th among the 96 golfers who played among the Top 18 teams in the country, along with six individual qualifiers.  Smith was followed by juniors Bruce Shober/Appomattox (71-80-80-78--309, T-61st) and Adam Hade/Richmond (77-78-75-79--309, T-61st), along with freshmen Hunter Martin/Gloucester (76-85-79-72--312, T-68th) and John Hatcher Ferguson/Rocky Mount (79-77-75-83--314, T-72nd).

Playing the Keene Trace Golf Club's Champion Trace course, a par 72, 7,190-yard layout, Smith and Martin each posted four birdies and 10 pars during their respective even-par rounds of 72 on the final day.  Shober (78) added four birdies, including three-straight at one point, with nine pars.  Hade (79) added two birdies and 11 pars, while Ferguson (83) had one birdie and eight pars.  Shober tied for eighth in par 5 scoring (4.69, -5) during the four-day tournament, while Smith and Shober each tied for 13th in birdies (12).  The Tigers were tied for ninth in overall birdies (46) and were 16th in overall pars (192).

H-SC posted its lowest 72-hole score (1222) in five overall appearances in the national championships.  The previous low score for the program was 1236 accomplished back in 1976 when the Tigers finished sixth overall.  The 12th-place finish this year is the program's third-best at the national tournament, including a national runner-up finish in 1975 (909, 54 holes).

Nationally-ranked No. 3 Illinois Wesleyan won this year's national championship with its 1174 total, followed by No. 2 Huntingdon (1177), fellow Old Dominion Athletic Conference member and No. 6 Guilford (1181), No. 29 Concordia (1193) and No. 5 Methodist (1197) to round out the Top Five.  Sam Goldenring of Williams took individual medalist and national champion honors at three-under par 285.

The Keene Trace Golf Club is located in the Kentucky Bluegrass of Nicholasville, approximately 12 miles southwest of Lexington.

H-SC, under the guidance of second-year head coach and Director of Athletics Chad Eisele, could return as many as 11 lettermen for 2019-20, including all five Tigers who competed at the National Championships.