BREMERTON, Wash. – Virginia Commonwealth University seniors Lanto Griffin (Blacksburg, Va.) (left) and Vincent Nadeau (Penhook, Va.) (right) concluded their collegiate careers in splendid fashion, placing fifth and eighth, respectively at the NCAA Regional at Gold Mountain Saturday.
Griffin narrowly missed a bid to the NCAA Championships. The top individual not from an advancing team receives at bid to the Championships, which will be held June 1-6 at The Honors Course in Chattanooga, Tenn. Griffin carded a 2-under 70 on Saturday and was 3-under (74-69-70=213) for the tournament, but was two strokes behind Denver's Espen Kofstad, who clinched the individual bid.
VCU placed ninth overall in the team standings. The Rams fired a total of 290, 2-over par, their best of the 54-hole tournament, on Saturday. The Black and Gold finished 21-over for the three-day competition, four strokes behind Colorado State and five behind Eastern Michigan.
Host Washington posted a runaway victory on its home course. The Huskies were 20-under for the tournament, 29 strokes ahead of second place Southern California. Washington, USC, San Diego, Oregon State and Illinois comprised the top five and will advance to the NCAA Championships.
Nadeau moved up 10 spots Saturday with a 3-under 69. He was 1-under (74-72-69=215) for the regional.
NCAA REGIONAL AT GOLD MOUNTAIN
Bremerton, Wash. (Olympic Course)
Par 72, 7,104 Yards (Final Standings)
*2-Southern California (+9)
*3-San Diego (+10)
*4-Oregon State (+12)
6-Middle Tennessee State (+15)
7-Eastern Michigan (+16)
8-Colorado State (+17)
T10-New Mexico (+24)
13-Fresno State (+50)
* - Advanced to NCAA Championships