Gendron shoots a three-under par 68 in the final round of competition
SAINT LEO, Fla. – Ryan Gendron had a rough day-and-a-half on Monday and Tuesday at the NCAA Division II Men's Golf National Championships at The Meadows Golf Course in Allendale, Michigan, but during the back nine of his second round, the freshman from Tampa, finally got into a flow; a flow that he continued during his final round on Wednesday.
Gendron, who played his scholastic golf at Plant High School, shot a three under par 68 during the final day of competition at the championship. He finishes the championship in a tie for 25th place with a three-day total of 223 (80-75-68). He started the day in a tie for 63rd.
"This week has been an awesome experience," said Gendron. "I feel fortunate to have been able to represent Saint Leo. I am really happy with the way I played my last 27 holes, and I am extremely hopeful that we can make it to this tournament as a team next year."
Gendron started off the day as consistent as he finished on Tuesday, shooting an even par 35 on the front nine.
He stepped up his game on the back nine starting with a birdie on the par four first hole, and then chipped in for an eagle on the par five fourth hole to go three-under for the day.
Gendron then closed out the final round shooting par on three of the last five holes, and carded a birdie on the par five ninth hole.
After recording 13 bogies – including one double bogey – in his first 25 holes, Gendron posted 28 holes of par or better in his last 29 holes. That stretch began on the eighth hole of his second round on Tuesday, and included 27 consecutive holes of shooting par or better.
Gendron is the first Lions' men's individual participant in the NCAA Championships since JP Albuquerque took part in the 2010 championships and finished tied for 23rd with a four round total of 306 (77-75-74-80).
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