Mount Union Finishes 20th at NCAA Men's Golf Championship; Miller Falls in Playoff for Final Individual Spot

Scott Miller (Photo by Lenny Reich)
Scott Miller (Photo by Lenny Reich)

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Mount Union finished 20th at the 2011 NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championship at Grandover Resort in Greensboro, N.C.

The Purple Raiders were five shots better on day two posting a team score of 300 after a 305 on day one, but the 605 total left them five shots past the cut line as only the top 15 teams after 36 holes advance to the final two rounds.

Senior Scott Miller (Wyckoff, N.J./Ramapo), who shot an opening round 75, came back with a two-under 70 in the second round to card a two-day total of +1 and get into a playoff for one of five individual spots reserved for non-advancing teams.

Miller was in a four-man playoff and bogeyed the first playoff and was eliminated from the tournament.

Freshman Ben Lehrke (North Ridgeville/Lutheran West) posted a score of 149 (76-73), senior Cory Muller (Akron/Green) had a 153 (77-76), sophomore Jon Lieser (Minerva/Minerva) had a 159 (77-82), while senior Steve Guerrieri (Canton/Massillon Jackson) had a 160 (79-81) as the other Mount Union scores.

The 20th place finish is the second-highest finish ever for a Mount Union team as the 2008 team placed 12th overall.

NCAA Division III Championship -- FIRST ROUND
Grandover Resort (Greensboro, N.C.)
* West Course - Par 72, 6,800 yds.
** East Course - Par 72, 7,045 yds.

Top 15 Team Scores (Top 15 make the cut after second round)
1. St. John's (Minn) 577, 2. Greensboro (N.C.) 580, 3. Texas Lutheran 584, 4. Illinois Wesleyan and Methodist (N.C.) 585, 6. Emory (Ga.) 586, 7. Oglethorpe (Ga.) 590, 8. Huntingdon (Ala.) 591, 9. Guilford (N.C.) 593, 10. Centre (Ky.) 597, 11. Christopher Newport (Va.) 598, 12. Wis.-Eau Claire and Redlands (Calif.) 599, 14. Millikin (Ill.), LaVerne (Calif.) and Transylvania (Ky.)* 600  (Transylvania lost in a playoff for one of the final two spots).

Top Five Individuals
1. Chris Morris (Centre) -12, 2. Tain Lee (Claremont Mudd Scripps, Calif.) -8, 3. Hudson Keener (LaGrange, Ga.) -5, 4. Ryan Kiel (Texas Lutheran) -4, 5. Four players tied at -3. 

Mount Union
Scott Miller 75-70=145, Ben Lehrke 76-73=149, Cory Muller 77-76=153, Jon Lieser 77-82=159, Steve Guerrieri 79-81=160.