Northwestern grad Cole Miller wins NCAA golf regional for Penn State


Local favorite Northwestern took the NCAA women's team lead and rain and cold sent scores soaring Friday at Rich Harvest Farms.

With strong play from Cole Miller and Ryan Davis, who both posted 68's on Wednesday, Penn State scored a strong 285 in the final round of the NCAA Washington regional. "We're looking forward to the next two days of stroke play, where we have the opportunity to crown the individual champion, as well as determine the eight teams advancing to match play, which will begin Tuesday morning".

Emilee Hoffman had the best round of the day for Texas, firing a 4-over-par 76 to tie for 13th. Seiple finished 4-over on the tournament and tied for 25th.

After battling through 40mph wind gusts and one of the toughest courses in the country, the Fighting Illini Men's Golf team qualified for their tenth consecutive NCAA Tournament. White shot a 75 (+3) in the second round, putting him in a four-way tie for 13th place with a total score of 144 (E). He shot a 37 (+1) on the front nine - including birdies on the fourth, seventh and eighth holes.

Steady rain throughout much of the round, coupled with temperatures hovering in the mid-40s and winds gusting up to 20 miles per hour, resulted in a tough day for the entire field on Friday. When Ban bogeyed the final hole and Bevins made par, Hardy and Bevins became the joint winners. His 67 paced the Rebels and helped secure a top-five finish at the NCAA Austin Regional. It's the 10th straight year the Illini will compete at the NCAA Championships. He departs Athens as the program's single-season scoring average record holder after averaging a 71.82 over 12 events and 34 rounds in 2016-17, breaking the previous record of 72.12 set by his high school coach, Erik Herberth, in 2001-02. Fifth-place Purdue also advanced to the championships.

Penn State shot their lowest-round of the tournament on day three, a 1-over 285 to finish at 11-over par and finished as one of two teams (USC) to have two golfers in the top-10. He shot a 69, 69 and 68 to beat the runners-up by three strokes - and he was the only golfer to break 70 each round.