Written by Student Assistant Christian Bond
HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. - The Pacific Lutheran University men's golf team sits 18th overall after round three at the 2017 NCAA Division III Championships on Thursday, carding a 325 at El Campeon Golf Course.
Kyle Drugge led the team with a strong performance on the back nine. He played even golf, including a birdie on the 17th hole, and completed his round shooting a 79. Drugge has been a model of consistency the entire event, shooting a 79 each day, owning a 237 heading into Friday's final round.
Mitchell Baldridge was another Lute who found success on the back nine. The junior shot two over on the back nine, shooting an 81 for the round. Baldridge leads the Lutes with a 234 (76-77-81) for the tournament. Ryan Sturdivan shot an 82 and sits one stroke behind Baldridge with a 235 (79-74-82). Thomas Huddleston finished with an 83, owning an overall score of 238 (80-75-83) while Alex Nelson shot a 91 (260).
Pacific Lutheran owns a team score of 944 (314-305-325) heading into the final round, ranking 18th in the standings and sitting six strokes back of Webster University (938).
"Today was a tough day. I really thought we would come out stronger and make a push," said Head Coach Kris Swanson. "The guys just couldn't get anything going honestly. We still have one more day and it would be nice to move up the board a couple of spots. Regardless, we will keep on grinding."
The Lutes, having already secured their highest finish in program history, compete in the final round of the NCAA DIII tournament tomorrow beginning at 8 a.m. local time.