ALLENDALE, Mich. – The Washburn Ichabod golf wrapped up their most
successful National Tournament appearance with a fifth place finish at
the 45th annual NCAA Division II Golf Championships at the Meadows
Golf Club in Allendale, Mich. The Ichabods played the final round with
a team score of 12-over 296 and 60-over 1196 for the Championship. The
Ichabods were 10 shots behind champion Barry University. The Ichabods’
previous high finish was in tenth place at the 2005 national
championships in their last appearance. The Ichabods recorded the
highest finish by an MIAA school since Southwest Missouri State (now
Missouri State) finished fourth in 1964.
The No. 21 ranked Ichabods finished seven shots out of fourth, behind
No. 3 ranked Columbus State. Florida Southern, the No. 1 team entering
the tournament, finished two shots behind No. 6 ranked Barry with a
team score of 51-over 1187. Finishing third was No. 14 South Carolina
Upstate with a team score of 1188, one shot out of second.
The Ichabods were led by John Robbins, who recorded the best
individual performance at the national championships finishing in a
tie for fifth overall after carding a 1-over 72 in his final round.
Robbins was 9-over for the tournament (71-74-76-72) for a total of
293. His fifth place finish tops Matt Warnock’s 12th place finish in
the 2004 tournament for the best individual finish. In his final
round, Robbins was even at the turn erasing a bogey on the fifth hole
with a birdie on the sixth hole. After opening the backside of his
round with a bogey on the 10th hole, Robbins played the remainder of
the course even par with a bogey on the 15th hole and a birdie on the
Matt Ewald was 1-over for his final round recording a score of (76-79-
74-72) 301 for the tournament, which placed him in a tie for 27th
overall. For his final round, Ewald was 1-over after his first nine
holes recovering from a double bogey to start his round to pick a pair
of birdies on the sixth and ninth holes sandwiching a bogey on the
seventh hole. After getting back to even with a birdie on the ninth
hole, Robbins double bogied the 13th hole to drop to 2-over, but then
rallied to 1-over with a birdie on the next hole at 14. Ewald finished
his round with four straight pars en route to the 72. Ewald also
wrapped up the Ichabods’ Most Valuable Player award for the season by
tallying the lowest stroke average for the season with a 72.9 average
adding to his MIAA Most Valuable Player Award.
Taylor Dunham wrapped up his Washburn career with a 4-over 75 in his
final round as an Ichabod. The lone senior on the team was 1-over
after his first nine holes and played the back nine in 3-over with
seven pars. Dunham’s scores of 80-77-74-75 (306) placed him in a tie
for 49th overall. He finished the tournament 22-over par, but played
the final two days of the championship 7-over.
Matt Lazzo was 21-over for the national tournament wrapping up his
final round with a 7-over 78. His four-day total of 305 (77-76-74-78)
placed him in a tie for 43rd overall. Lazzo was 3-over at the turn and
then played the final nine holes in 4-over par.
Ryan Deutsch finished the tournament with a final round of 6-over 77
and 26-over (72-80-81-77 = 310) for the championship placing him in a
tie for 63rd overall. In the final round, Deutsch was 4-over at the
midway point and played the backside in 2-over par.
The Ichabods won their fourth MIAA Championship in the last five years
in 2007 and advanced to the NCAA National Tournament for the fourth
time in the last five years as well.