The Gustavus men’s golf team suffered an abrupt end to its 2011 season when it missed the cut on Wednesday afternoon at the NCAA Championships. The Gusties fired a second round total of 302 for a 36-hole total of 601, which was one stroke back of a three-way tie for 14th place as the tournament field was cut to the low 15 team scores after 36 holes. Individually, Alex Kolquist became a part of a three-way playoff for the final individual spot to continue in the tournament. Kolquist claimed the final position by winning a one-hole playoff with three others with a 15-foot, downhill birdie putt on the 18th hole. Kolquist will continue to play in the tournament as an individual on Thursday and Friday. He will tee-off at 8:20 am (EST) on Thursday morning.
Gustavus opened the day in 13th place and climbed as high as seventh place during the round, but the Gusties struggled a bit on the final nine holes of the day and narrowly missed qualifying for a playoff for the final two spots after posting a 36-hole total of 299-302–601. Individual scores for Gustavus on the day included Alex Kolquist with a 73 (+1), Andrew Oakes with a 73 (+1), Trevor Gervais with a 77 (+5), Simon Erlandsson with a 79 (+7) and Tyler McMorrow with an 80 (+8). The Gusties finished in 17th place out of the 40 teams in the tournament.
Kolquist, who is currently in a tie for 19th place, has posted a 36-hole total of 72-73–145 (+1). He is 12 shots behind the tournament leader Chris Morris of Centre College who has compiled a total of 67-65–132.
It was announced at the tournament on Wednesday that Kolquist has been selected to the Golf Coaches of Association All-Midwest Region Team.