CSU-Pueblo men fall in national DII quarterfinals; Thunderwolves won 4 times this season, including a regional
By Gary Baines – 5/19/2022
The Colorado State University-Pueblo men’s golf team saw its season end on Thursday as Georgia Southwestern defeated the Thunderwolves 4-1 in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division II national championship in Dearborn, Mich.
But what a season it was. In it, CSU-Pueblo:
— Finished among the top eight teams in the nation in men’s Division II — a first for the program.
— Won its first regional title, with the victory coming in its hometown, at Pueblo Country Club.
— Claimed the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championship for the second straight year.
— In all, earned four team titles this season.
All told, it was quite a ride. But in Thursday’s quarterfinals, Georgia Southwestern ended that ride in the quarterfinals, winning four of the five individual matches. The only CSU-Pueblo player to prevail was senior Andrew Ni, the team’s No. 1 golfer, who prevailed in his match over Chase McClain, 74 to 77.
MEN’S DIVISION II NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
May 16-20 in Dearborn, Mich.
Thursday’s Quarterfinals — Medal Match
Georgia Southwestern 4, CSU-Pueblo 1
Andrew Ni, CSU-Pueblo, def. Chase McClain, 74 to 77
Simon Estrada, GS, def. Liam Duncan, 71 to 74
Erik Fogel, GS, def. Matt Millar, 75 to 76
Jack Tharrington, GS, def. Jeff Nelson, 75 to 80
Nicolas Escobar, GS, def. Jamie Roberts, 73 to 78
54–Hole Stroke Play
2. CSU-Pueblo 295-297-303—893
15. Liam Duncan 74-74-74—222
19. Matt Millar 73-75-76–224
24. Andrew Ni 78-71-76—225
24. Jamie Roberts 73-77-75—225
51. Jeff Nelson 75-77-78–230
18. Colorado Mesa 311-309-304—924
29. Kyle Pearson 80-79-67–226
61. Peter Grossenbacher 76-76-79–231
81. Timmy Cavarno 76-75-85–236
87. Dakota Gillman 82-79-77–238
92. Yael Chahin 79-80-81–240
For all the results from the medal match play portion of the championship, CLICK HERE.
About the Writer: Gary Baines has covered golf in Colorado continuously since 1983. He was a sports writer at the Daily Camera newspaper in Boulder, then the sports editor there, and has written regularly for ColoradoGolf.org since 2009. He was voted into the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame in 2021. Email: ColoradoGolfJournal@mac.com)