Thomas' 4-under leads CU into 12th
LEBANON, Tenn. – Freshman Dustin Thomas carded a four-under 67 with 14 pars and four birdies, leading the Cumberland golf team to a 296 team score Thursday and helping the Bulldogs to a 12th-place showing through three rounds at the 58th Annual NAIA Men’s Golf National Championships at the TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill.
Cumberland made the cut of the Top 17 teams remaining after three rounds and will play in Friday’s final round. The Bulldogs are just three shots from the Top 10. CU finished last among 25 teams in 2005 in its only other trip to the national tournament.
Thomas recorded seven pars on each nine and netted birdies on Nos. 1, 6, 14 and 18. The Cookeville, Tenn., native improved by five shots from his first to second round and then went 10 shots lower in Thursday’s third round. He stands tied for 23rd overall individually.
Senior Josh Young continued his steady climb toward par, firing a three-over 74. The Greenbrier, Tenn., native has improved his score by one shot each day and stands tied for 18th overall, the leader individually for the Bulldogs and one shot better than Thomas.
Young stayed away from big numbers in Thursday’s round, posting eight bogeys and five birdies. He had three double bogeys in the opening two rounds but stayed consistent and did not record a double on Thursday.
Senior Adam Maxwell bettered his score for the second straight day as well, carding a six-over 77. The Lebanon, Tenn., native recorded birdies on Nos. 5, 14 and 17, but his score could have been much better had it not been for three double bogeys, one on the front and two on the back, including the 18th hole.
Sophomore Austin Whitmere gave the Bulldogs a fourth excellent score for the day with a seven-over 78. The Franklin, Tenn., native did not record a birdie but posted five bogeys and one double bogey during his round. He played the back nine, the side that has given CU the most trouble, in just two-over.
Freshman Paul Vaughan suffered through a tough round, recording only six pars but four double bogeys en route to an 85.
Full results from the tournament may be found at http://www.golfstatresults.com/public/leaderboards/player/static/player1450.html.
t18. Josh Young 76-75-74=225 +12
t23. Dustin Thomas 82-77-67=226 +13
t86. Adam Maxwell 81-78-77=236 +23
t93. Austin Whitmere 78-81-78=237 +24
t123. Paul Vaughan 77-80-86=243 +30
1. Oklahoma Christian 291-298-293=882 +30
2. Texas Wesleyan 299-296-293=888 +36
t3. Berry College 299-303-291=893 +41
t3. Univ. of British Columbia 304-296-293=893 +41
5. Malone Univ. 293-312-291=896 +44
6. Oklahoma City 303-301-299=903 +51
7. South Carolina Beaufort 297-312-300=909 +57
8. Wayland Baptist 300-306-306=912 +60
9. Oklahoma Baptist 297-306-311=914 +62
10. Holy Names Univ. 315-303-297=915 +63
11. Johnson & Wales 310-305-301=916 +64
12. Cumberland Univ. 312-310-296=918 +66
13. Victoria Univ. 314-308-297=919 +67
14. Point Loma Nazarene 310-314-296=920 +68
15. Savannah College of Art & Design 302-313-308=923 +71
16. Lindenwood Univ. 314-302-308=924 +72
17. Webber International 309-315-302=926 +74
18. Davenport Univ. 317-296-312=945 +73
t19. Bethany College (KS) 312-315-299=926 +74
20. Univ. of the Cumberlands 310-317-300=927 +75
21. Northwood Univ. 305-322-304=931 +79
22. Lee Univ. 298-327-319=944 +92
23. Huntingdon Univ. 322-319-305=946 +94
24. St. Ambrose 313-322-312=947 +95
25. Dakota Wesleyan 325-318-307=950 +98
t26. Union College 321-319-316=956 +104
t27. William Woods 334-313-311=958 +106
t27. Lewis-Clark State 314-326-318=958 +106
29. Univ. of St. Francis (IL) 325-323-316-964 +112