Gendron advances to NCAA men's golf national championship

Gendron advances to NCAA men's golf national championship


MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. - After tying for sixth in the individual leaderboard, Saint Leo men's golf senior, Ryan Gendron, advanced to his fourth straight NCAA National Championship after firing off a final round 70 (-2) Wednesday at the NCAA South/Southeast Regional on the Robert Trent Jones at the Shoals course. 

Junior Riley Goss soared up the leaderboard on the final round after carding a four-under 68 for the final round of the NCAA South/Southeast Regional. Goss sank seven birdies and made nine pars. The junior recorded one double-bogey and one bogey on the back nine, 13 and 15, respectively. 

Goss finished the tournament tied for 70th with a 227 total (+11). He carded rounds of 79, 80 and 68 in his NCAA postseason debut. 

"I am proud of both guys, the played well today," head coach Chris Greenwood stated. "Riley finished strong today and got some tremendous experience which will help him going into his senior year."

Ryan Gendron finished the tournament tied for sixth with a 211 (-5) total, and advanced to the national championship. Gendron came in second in the individuals that weren't on an advancing team, and will head to Kissimmee to participate in the stroke play of the national championships. Gendron fired off a 70 Wednesday, adding that to his first round 71 and his second round 70. Gendron hit five birdies and made 10 pars throughout his final round. 

Greenwood added, "Ryan was solid this week and will be moving on to nationals for the fourth time in four years, twice as an individual, which is a wonderful accomplishment."

Gendron's 211 matched his regional low score, which he carded his freshman year as an individual. His 71-70-70 makeup is exactly the same order in which he recorded his first 211 regional score in 2014 at the Savannah Quarters Country Club in Pooler, Ga. 

Gendron will participate in the championships for the fourth consecutive year; twice as an individual (2014 and 2017) and twice as a member of a qualifying team (2015 and 2016). He will look to improve on his score on the Watson Course at Reunion Resort at the NCAA Division II Men's Golf National Championship on May 22-24 in Kissimmee, Fla. Earlier this season, Gendron shot a 224 (+8) on the Watson Course at the preview Oct. 3-4. 

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