Sophomore ends spectacular season at NCAA San Diego Regional
University of Denver sophomore, Petter Mikalsen, who represented DU at the NCAA regional golf tournament at The Farms Golf Club in Rancho Santa Fe, California, finished the three-round weekend tied for 29th overall and third among players competing as individuals.
Shooting four birdies, Mikalsen finished -1 (71) on the final day of the tournament. But that round followed a +5 (77) and +2 (74) on the first two days. Mikalsen needed to finish first among players not on one of the top five teams to advance to the NCAA National Championship.
He finished the tournament at 222 strokes, 6-over par, good enough to tie for 29th. He finished nine strokes behind Gudmundur Kristjansson from East Tennessee State, three day total of -3, 213 advanced him as an individual in the NCAA Championship May 29- June 3 at The concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Florida.
Mikalsen’s four birdies in his final round put him at 11 total birdies for the tournament,which tied for fifth among total birdies.
“I’m really proud of how Petter competed this week as he played hard and with a lot of heart,” head coach Erik Billinger said. “What an awesome season for Petter and I couldn’t be more proud of him.
“His round could have very easily been a 69 or 70. This course is just very demanding and if you hit any loose shots at all you pay for it.”
The San Diego regional tournament took place May 14-16The par-72, 6,947 yard course was designed by Pete, Perry and Alice Dye in 1988.
Teams advancing from the San Diego Regional to the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship are:
University of Oklahoma (843)
Arizona State University (863)
Georgia Institute of Technology (869)
University of Georgia (870)
University of Virginia (874)