May 19, 2012
Round Three Results
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - William Park ended his collegiate golfing career with a one-over-par round. Playing at the NCAA Ann Arbor Regional, Park fired a 72 to close his career with a tie for 41st, Saturday at U-M Golf Course.
A senior from Chapel Hill, N.C., Park posted a 221 54-hole total, collecting three birdies, four bogeys and 11 pars during Saturday's final round which was played under sunny skies.
The University of Southern California won the regional, blistering the par-71, 6,723-yard layout with an 841. Oregon was second (842), followed by Kent State (844), Virginia (846) and TCU (849).
The NCAA Ann Arbor Regional featured 10 individuals and 13 teams. The low five teams and the low individual not on an advancing team will move on to the NCAA Finals at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles, Calif. The NCAA Finals are comprised of the low 30 teams and six individuals not on qualifying teams from six regional sites.
North Carolina State's Albin Choi will join USC, Oregon, Kent State, Virginia and TCU at the NCAA Finals after winning the event with a 203, three strokes in front of his nearest competition.
“We had a great time,” said Army golf coach Brian Watts. “When you get to spend that one-on-one time and caddy for one of your golfers it’s fun. For not practicing, Will really managed his golf ball well. Other than a couple of loose shots, he played really well. I don’t think he will look back with any regrets. He played aggressive when he needed to and hit a lot of great golf shots.”
Park again started on hole No. 10 and began his round with five straight pars. He birdied the 391-yard 15th hole but took back-to-back bogeys. He got a stroke back on No. 18, a 455-yard par-4 and shot a 35 for his first nine holes.
Park had three pars and two bogeys in his first five holes and closed out his tournament with three pars and a birdie. He birdied the 159-yard eighth hole and shot a 37.
“The whole week was fun,” said Park. “I learned a lot about golf. Being at Regionals is a great experience. Everyone was competing hard and there were some great golfers to learn from. It was an awesome experience and I had a lot of fun.”
REGIONAL NOTES: Park was paired with Charlie Bull of Akron and August Jonas of Navy ... Park finished sixth among the 10 individuals who qualified for the NCAA Ann Arbor Regional ... Navy, who won the Patriot League Tournament, placed 13th with a 931. Drew Selby was the low finisher for Navy with a 225 and tie for 56th ... Park posted eight birdies over 54 holes ... Park now has two of the lowest four rounds posted by an Army golfer at NCAA Regionals. Park shot a 216 last season in Arizona and his 221 is tied with Anthony Kim for fourth. Austin Luher shot a 220 in Nashville, Tenn., in 2005.
NCAA Ann Arbor Regional
T41 William Park 77-72-72--221