Making its 32nd NCAA Division III tournament appearance, the Central men’s golf team survived the national tourney cut and placed 12th in an original 41-team elite field, the program’s highest finish since 2004.
The squad’s 306-300-303-300—1209 total at the Sandestin Golf and Beach resort in Destin, Fla. was the program’s lowest total ever in NCAA tourney play. Justin Livingston, the only senior on Central’s varsity squad, tied for 27th individually at 77-72-74-76—299. Sophomore Adam Squires tied for 39th at 79-77-72-75—303.
“I’m really proud of how we played, especially since we improved every day,” said coach Chad Green, who has piloted his squad to titles in each of his three seasons with the Dutch.
Central also claimed its 31st Iowa Conference title and fifth in a row. The Dutch shot 327-299-291-298—1215 to post a 28-shot win over Luther. Livingston was second, earning all-conference honors for the third straight year. Sophomore Desmond Stoll was third and sophomore David Watson was sixth, also gaining all-league recognition. Freshman Jared Nepomuceno was 13th.