WEST LAFAYETTE, IND. – Jesper Svensson tied for 12th individually and Campbell moved up to finish 10th after Wednesday's final round of the NCAA West Lafayette men's golf regional championship.
On a day when winds gusted to 35 miles per hour, the 11th-seeded Camels (306-300-297—903) recorded the fourth-best score of the round, finished eight strokes behind No.-28 South Carolina and three ahead of Atlantic-10 champion Richmond.
No.-17 UNLV won the team title at 8-over 872, three strokes in front of 20th-ranked Auburn (875). No.-8 Illinois (878) was third, New Mexico (880) finished fourth and host Purdue was fifth (882) to secure berths in the NCAA Championship, May 26-31 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill.
Augusta and St. Mary's tied for sixth place (885), three shots behind Purdue, while top-seeded and fifth-ranked Florida (891) dropped five spots to eighth and failed to qualify for the national tournament after shooting a 24-over 312 Wednesday.
Svensson tied for the day's low round and completed the 54-hole event at 6-over-par (75-75-70—220) to earn his fifth-straight top-20 individual finish. The Big South Conference golfer of the year played his second nine holes Wednesday at 2-under par and made five birdies on the day. A sophomore from Balsta, Sweden, Svensson finished the tournament even on the par-3 holes, tied for fourth in the 75-golfer field. His 2-under-par 70 is tied for the program's second-lowest score in NCAA post-season play behind the 5-under 66 turned in by Zak Drescher in the 2009 East Regional.
Andrej Bevins of New Mexico (71-68-74—213) and Nick Hardy of Illinois (71-72-70—213) tied for individual honors at 3-under, one shot better than Auburn's Matt Gilchrest (74-70-70—214) and UNLV's Shintaro Ban (70-69-75). Trent Wallace of Illinois State tied for seventh (68-70-79—217) to claim a berth in the NCAA Championship as the low individual in the regional not on a qualifying team.
Campbell freshman Brett McLamb finished in a tie for 37th place (79-74-73—226). He made eagle on the par-5 16th hole thanks to a 340-yard drive and a 3-wood he hit to 8 feet from the cup. He made birdie on the 482-yard par-4 third to get to 4-under before finishing at one over on the par-72, 7411-yard Kampen Course layout.
Playing in his final collegiate event, senior Craig Hornberger tied for 40th at 11-over 227 (78-74-75). He started his final round with a birdie on the par-five 10th hole and made 13 pars on the day. Over the 54-hole event, Hornberger played the par-5 holes at 5-under, tied for 12th in the field.
The 2017 Big South Conference champion notched the best regional finish in Campbell's Division I history, bettering 13th-place showings in 2009 and 2016.
"What a day! The wind blew all day long, and then it blew harder," said Campbell head coach John Crooks. "We had some great performances. Brett shot 3-under on the first nine; then his driver broke, so he had to make quite a few adjustments. Jesper was solid all the way through, and this was the last round for Craig Hornberger, who has been an academic all-American an all-conference performer and outstanding team captain. Thomas had his moments today and Ray just stuck right with it. I'm proud of the team, proud of the effort, proud of the season they've had, winning the Big South Conference championship in record-setting style."
2017 NCAA Men's Golf West Lafayette Regional
West Lafayette, Ind. / Kampen Course
May 15-17, 2017 / Par 72, 7411 yards
Final Team Results (Top 5 advance to NCAA Championship): 1. UNLV 287-286-299—872, 2. Auburn 292-287-296—875, 3. Illinois 288-296-294—878, 4. New Mexico 288-282-310—800, 5. Purdue 292-287-303—882, T6. Augusta 296-290-299—885, T6. St. Mary's 294-296-295—885, 8. Florida 292-287-312—891, 9. South Carolina 291-302-302—895, 10. Campbell 306-300-297-903, 11. Richmond 297-306-303—906, 13. Colorado 304-308-298—910, 13. Cleveland State 310-299-305—914.
Final Individual Leaders: T1. Andrej Bevins (New Mexico) 71-68-74—213, T1. Nick Hardy (Illinois) 71-72-70—213, T3. Matt Gilchrest (Auburn) 74-70-70—214, T3. Shintaro Ban (UNLV) 70-69-75—214, 5. John Oda (UNLV) 67-73-75—215.
NCAA Individual Qualifier: T7. *Trent Wallace (Illinois State) 68-70-79—217.