ATHENS, Ga. -- Ole Miss men's golfer Joe David saw his season come to an end Saturday, as the senior shot a 1-over 72 to finish two shots away from forcing a playoff for a spot in the NCAA Championships.
David finished at 1-under for the tournament. Philip Chian of Long Beach State received the regional's lone individual bid to the NCAA Championships, finishing at 3-under.
No. 4 Alabama bested second-place East Carolina by 25 strokes for the regional championship. No. 10 North Florida, No. 24 Georgia and Iowa round out the top-five that will advance to the championships in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
" I am somewhat sad, because it’s the end of a great college career," said Ole Miss head coach Ernest Ross. "It was tough out there today. He had a lot of in between shots. He just didn’t make a lot of putts, but he hung in there and fought.”
After firing a 68 in Friday's second round, David matched his first round score with a 1-over. The Madison, Tenn., native was steady, bogeying just two holes and picking up a birdie on the 12th, but fell short of Chian who shot a 70 and entered the final round with a one-shot lead.
“I just couldn’t get anything going today," said David. "It seemed like I made all my putts yesterday. I would like to have made some putts today, but kind of struggled coming in. The heat got to me a little and I had a little bit of a headache. That’s golf."
A second team All-SEC selection, David finished eighth overall to earn his sixth top-10 finish of the year.
For his career, David will finish third in Ole Miss history in stroke average. In four years as a Rebel, David played in every tournament and picked up five top-five, 11 top-10, and 28 top-20 finishes. He appeared in four NCAA regionals, earning a top-10 finish in two, and was named to the SEC All-Freshman team in 2009.
“When we recruited him, we thought he was that type of player, and he proved to be," said Ross. "He made All-SEC twice in his career and came so close to making the NCAA Championships today as an individual. He’s been a great player and a great ambassador for Ole Miss.”
"It hurts to see my college career come to an end," said David, "but I had fun doing it these last four years.”
TEAM STANDINGS NCAA ATHENS REGIONAL 1 Alabama 269-276-283--828 2 East Carolina 276-281-296--853 3 North Florida 271-291-296--858 4 Georgia 280-288-296--864 5 Iowa 288-293-285--866 INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS 1 Justin Thomas-Alabama 67-67-70--204 2 Bobby Wyatt-Alabama 66-67-72--205 3 Cory Whitsett-Alabama 68-69-71--208 T4 Kevin Aylwin-North Florida 65-71-74--210 T4 **Philip Chian-Long Beach State 71-68-71--210 T4 Ryan Eibner-East Carolina 67-68-75--210 7 T.J. Mitchell-Georgia 68-70-73--211 T8 Sean Dale-North Florida 69-73-70--212 T8 Joe David-Ole Miss 72-68-72--212 T8 Taylor Floyd-Augusta State 67-74-71--212 T8 Ian Vandersee-Iowa 71-75-66--212 **Advances To NCAA Championships As Individual Competitor
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