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Knous Loses In Playoff, Finishes Second At NCAA Championships

SIMPSONVILLE, Ky. – After waiting for several hours while the rest of the field finished its round, senior Jim Knous narrowly missed an individual national championship after losing to Josh Creel of Central Oklahoma on the first playoff hole during the final round of stroke play at the NCAA Division II Championships in Simpsonville, Ky. 

Knous teed off for the first time at 9 a.m. and was in the clubhouse with the overall individual lead by the early afternoon after posting a three-under-par 69 during the final round. He sat at 10-under and atop the leaderboard and was forced to wait while Creel, Ben Taylor of Nova Southeastern and Daniel Stapff of Barry played on throughout the afternoon. 

Creel finally tied up Knous with two consecutive birdies on holes No. 16 and No. 17 (around 4:15 p.m.) and pushed the play on to the playoff round with a par on hole No. 18. Taylor would finish two strokes back in third and Stapff would finish three strokes back in fourth. 

Creel and Knous then headed back to hole No. 18 for the first playoff hole, and Creel captured the national championship with a par while Knous carded a bogey. Knous posted a birdie, bogey and par, respectively, on hole No. 18 during his first three rounds while Creel had posted a birdie and two pars. 

Knous' 206 ties the best 54-hole score for the Basalt native and he ends his career as a four-time First Team All-RMAC selection and the 2012 RMAC Player of the Year as well as the April 2012 RMAC Athlete of the Month. He entered the tournament looking for his fourth individual title in as many tournaments.

As a squad, Mines finished tied for 11th overall and will not advance through to the match play portion of the tournament. The top-eight teams advance to play the in the quarterfinal round of "Medal-Match" to determine the team national champions. 

Sophomore Michael Lee finished tied for 45th overall after he recorded a 76 during the final round.

Freshman Jordan Arndt finished his tournament with a matching 76 to finish four strokes back of Lee in a tie for 67th overall. 

Senior Cory Bacon closed out his collegiate career with a 77 to finish in a tie for 79th overall. The three-time First Team Academic All-RMAC selection and 2011 RMAC Academic Player of the Year was today named a Capital One/CoSIDA First Team Academic All-District selection. 

Sophomore Kyle Grassel finished in a tie for 97th overall after recording a 77 during Thursday's final round.   

Team Scores
1. No. 7 Chico State 289 277 285 851 -13
2. No. 1 Nova Southeastern 291 284 280 855 -9 
3. No. 13 Central Oklahoma 279 290 287 856 -8 
4. No. 3 CSU-Stanislaus 294 279 285 858 -6 
5. No. 18 Georgia College 289 288 285 862 -2 
6. No. 2 Barry 290 287 289 866 +2
7. No. 14 USC Aiken 292 288 290 870 +6 
8. Central Missouri 295 289 289 873 +9
9. No. 9 Western Washington 287 291 296 874 +10 
10. No. 4 UNC Pembroke 285 299 295 879 +15
T-11. No. 21 Colorado School of Mines 293 291 298 882 +18 
T-11. Indianapolis 298 294 290 882 +18 
13. No. 11 St. Edward's 291 289 303 883 +19 
14. Indiana U. of Pa. 290 293 301 884 +20 
15. Washburn 304 298 292 894 +30 
16. No.12 Grand Canyon 292 304 301 897 +33 
17. Wilmington (DE) 300 297 312 909 +45
18. St. Thomas Aquinas 301 310 319 930 +66 
19. Concord 314 307 310 931 +67 
20. Post 334 306 310 950 +86


Mines Scores
2. Jim Knous 70 67 69 206 SCORECARD
T-45. Michael Lee 72 74 76 222 SCORECARD
T-67. Jordan Arndt 77 73 76 226 SCORECARD
T-79. Cory Bacon 75 77 77 229 SCORECARD
T-97. Kyle Grassel 76 84 77 237 SCORECARD

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