HOWEY-in-the-HILLS, Fla. - Newberry College senior Chandler Gruenemeier wrapped up the NCAA Division II South/Southeast Regional tournament with a 2-over par 74 Tuesday, notching a three-day total of 4-over par 220 at the Mission Inn Golf and Tennis Resort's El Campeon Course.
Gruenemeier sees his collegiate career come to an end, as he finished just one stroke short of a bid to the NCAA Division II National Tournament. Only two individuals outside of the top seven teams in the regional tournament advanced to Nationals. Three players from non-qualifying teams finished at +3 to playoff for a national bid.
The senior tied for 13th place overall in the tournament and overcame a string of three consecutive bogeys on holes No. 2, 3 and 4. He birdied 8, bogeyed 9 and birdied 10 before closing out the round with eight straight pars. He was 3-over par on the front nine and 1-under par on the back nine. He had only one hole worse than bogey in the 54-hole event, carding one eagle, eight birdies and 12 bogeys to go with 30 pars.
The 220 was Gruenemeier's second-best tournament of the season. He finishes his career with a stroke average of 73.85, which is the fourth-best in program history and the fifth-best in the history of the South Atlantic Conference. His 73.11 stroke average this season is the fifth-best season in school history.