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Orediggers Earn First NCAA Championship Berth

LITCHFIELD PARK, Ariz. – Despite its worst round of the tournament, the Colorado School of Mines golf team secured its first-ever berth in the NCAA Division II Championships with a third-place finish at the NCAA Division II West/Central Super Regional on Wednesday at the Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park, Ariz. 

Mines earns its first trip to the NCAA Championships after finishing in the top five teams at the super regional. The NCAA Championships will be held at the Cardinal Club Golf Course in Louisville, Ky., on May 15-19. 

No. 3 CSU-Stanislaus took the team title after finishing the final round at even par, while No. 7 Chico State was able to outlast the Orediggers by two strokes after both squads posted their worst rounds of the tournament. No. 9 Western Washington and No. 12 Grand Canyon rounded out the top five teams headed to the national championships. 

Senior Jim Knous captured the individual title by two strokes with a 73 in Wednesday's finale. Knous entered the day with a one-stroke lead over Kyle Souza of Chico State and bested the defending NCAA individual champion by one stroke on Wednesday to claim the title by a two-stroke margin. Knous' final round featured four bogeys and three birdies and was his only round above par in the tournament. 

Freshman Jordan Arndt finished tied for 12th overall with a 79 during the final round. He entered the day tied for fourth overall but 43 on the back nine holes caused his slide down the individual leaderboard. 

A 72 on the final round moved senior Cory Bacon up to a tie for 24th overall after he entered play on Wednesday in a tie for 42nd overall. He posted three birdies and three bogeys during his even-par final round.

Kyle Grassel carded a 76 during his third round of action which placed him in a tied for 37th overall. 

Michael Lee rounded out the Mines scorecards with an 81 on Wednesday that moved him from a tie for 31st to a tie for 61st overall. 

Mines will continue its superb season on May 15 when it makes the trek to the "Bluegrass State" for the first round of the NCAA Championships. 

Team Scores
1. No. 3 CSU-Stanislaus 283 294 288 865 +1
2. No. 7 Chico State 273 294 302 869 +5
3. Colorado School of Mines 283 288 300 871 +7
4. No. 9 Western Washington 291 288 297 876 +12
5. No. 12 Grand Canyon 285 288 304 877 +13
6. Dixie State College 301 298 287 886 +22
7. CSU-Monterey Bay 290 294 305 889 +25
8. No. 23 Hawaii-Hilo 300 295 301 896 +32
9. Colorado State-Pueblo 295 297 306 898 +34
10. Cal State East Bay 296 306 303 905 +41
11. No. 19 Colorado-CO Springs 303 304 299 906 +42
12. Colorado Mesa 307 296 306 909 +45
13. Bemidji St. U. 299 298 313 910 +46
14. UC San Diego 310 297 304 911 +47
15. St. Cloud State 296 313 303 912 +48
16. Minnesota State Mankato 306 298 310 914 +50
17. Western New Mexico 306 311 301 918 +54
18. St. Martin's University 309 298 316 923 +59
19. Nebraska-Kearney, U. 298 313 317 928 +64
20. Concordia-St. Paul 319 312 326 957 +93

Mines Scores
1. Jim Knous 66 70 73 209 SCORECARD
T-12. Jordan Arndt 69 70 79 218 SCORECARD
T-24. Cory Bacon 74 76 72 222 SCORECARD
T-37. Kyle Grassel 74 75 76 225 SCORECARD
T-61. Michael Lee 76 73 81 230 SCORECARD

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