Tyler Lawson ties for 28th at NCAA III golf tournament

Monday, May 19, 2008
Tyler Lawson

BRASELTON, Ga. --The Nebraska Wesleyan men's golf team saved their best round for the final day as the Prairie Wolves shot a team score of 301 to finish in 20th place at the 2008 NCAA Division III Championships at Chateau Elan Resort in Braselton, Ga.

NWU finished with a four-day total of 1249 (320-305-323-301) to finish in 20th.

The Prairie Wolves round of 301 on Friday was 22 strokes better than their round on Thursday in the rainy conditions.

Senior Tyler Lawson (McCook) ended his stellar NWU golf career by shooting an even par 71 on Friday in a round with four birdies. Lawson finished with a total of 303 (+19) to place in a tie for 28th.

Lawson participated in the NCAA III Championships all four years of his career. He had his best finish in 2006 when he earned All-American honors by tying for 16th place and helping NWU to the National Title.

He tied for 34th as a freshman in 2005 and tied for 26th last season.

Sophomore Nate Jaeger (Lexington) also had an outstanding round to close out the tournament. Jaeger fired a 1-over par 72 in a round with two birdies, three bogeys and 13 pars. Jaeger finished in a tie for 37th place after placing in a tie for 52nd as a freshman in 2007.

NWU freshman Patrick Hanzel (Lincoln, Neb.) closed out his successful first season by placing in a tie for 57th at the championships with a total of 311 (+27). Hanzel bounced back after a first round score of 82 to fire three straight rounds in the 70s, including a 73 on day 2.

Sophomore Phil Hranac (Kearney) had his best round of the day on Friday as he shot a round of 80. Hranac finished with a total score of 331 (+47). He placed in a tie for 91st as a freshman at the 2007 NCAA III Championships.

Rounding out the NWU lineup was freshman Geoff Oliphant (Billings, Mont.).

Oliphant had a four-day total of 334 and also shot his best round of the tournament on Friday when he ended the championships with a round of 81.

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