The Lynn Fighting Knights are DII men’s golf national champions once again. Lynn defeated Lincoln Memorial 3-2 in the final round from The Resort at Glade Springs in Daniels, West Virginia. It is the second straight national championship for the Fighting Knights.
Lincoln Memorial took the first two points, with Sam Broadhurst having yet another strong round. Carlos Bustos, Giovanni Manzoni, and Jorge Villar were too much for the Railsplitters, however, winning the final three points by 17 strokes.
DII Men’s Golf Championship: Semifinals recap
This piece was contributed by Adam Zundell
DANIELS, W.Va. – Lincoln Memorial scored a pair of upsets on Thursday to advance to the championship match where they will take on defending champion, Lynn.
The championship match will tee off at 9 a.m. on the Cobb Course at The Resort at Glade Springs.
LMU defeated top-seeded and No. 1 ranked Barry, 3-2, in the quarterfinals, and then defeated Florida Southern in the semifinals by the same score. The Knights advanced to the championship with a 4-0-1 win over Cal State Monterey Bay and then finished off West Florida, 4-1, in the semifinals.
In Lincoln Memorial’s quarterfinal upset of Barry, Sam Broadhurst shot a week-low 64 to win his match by nine shots. After being tied up just one through 14 holes, Hamish McColm notched an eagle that propelled him to a victory in his match. Dan Bradbury had just a one-shot lead in his match going to 18 but made a birdie while his opponent made a double bogey to secure the upset.
Florida Southern won its match over Trevecca Nazarene, 3-1-1, and Lynn cruised to a 4-0-1 victory. West Florida was in a tight match with after nine holes, but won at all five positions over Arkansas Tech to win 5-0.
In the semifinals, LMU and Florida Southern were tied 1-1 after two matches as medalist Michael VanDerLaan rallied from three down in the final nine holes to win by three and salvage a point for the Mocs. The third pairing proved to be pivotal in the final outcome due to large leads for both teams in the final two groups. Tied through 15 holes, Luke Haries gained two shots on the final three holes, including a birdie at the 18th, to put LMU up 2-1.
In the other semifinal, Carlos Bustos and Agustin Errazuriz put the Knights up 2-0 with victories in their duals. Carlos Marrero salvaged a point for the Argos, but Jorge Villar and Tomas Gana closed out their matches to post the win.
Check back here for scores, schedules and updates from the championship match on May 24.
THE DII MEN’S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP: Regionals and History
Throughout regional action, 80 teams and 32 individual student-athletes battled at four regional sites in three-day tournaments from May 9-11. Twenty teams and eight individuals moved forward. Southern New Hampshire (+35), Lindenwood (+6), Lynn (+5), and Dixie State (-17) won their respective regions to advance. Here are how the four regional tournaments finished:
|Region||Advancing teams||advancing individuals|
|Atlantic/East||Southern New Hampshire, Bentley, Wilmington (DE)||Owen Elliott (Shepherd), Michael Marisco (Gannon)|
|Central/Midwest||Lindenwood, Missouri-St. Louis, Ferris State, Arkansas Tech, Trevecca Nazarene, Grand Valley State||Hayden Foster (Southeastern Oklahoma State), Zach James (Southeastern Oklahoma State)|
|South/Southeast||Lynn, West Florida, Barry, Florida Southern, USC Aiken, Lincoln Memorial, Saint Leo||Juan Jose Guerra (Nova Southeastern), Vincent Norrman (Georgia Southwestern)|
|South Central/West||Dixie State, UC San Diego, Cal State Monterey Bay, Sonoma State||Chase Carlson (Colorado Christian), Josh McCollum (Chico State)|
BOLD = Region team champion
Lynn, which drew the No. 2 seed in the South Region, is the reigning national champion. It defeated West Florida 3-2 at Muscle Shoals, Alabama for the 2018 DII men’s golf team title. Here is a complete list of the DII men’s golf championship finals results.
2018 RECAP: Lynn wins first title
|YEAR||CHAMPION||COACH||SCORE||RUNNER-UP||SCORE||HOST OR SITE|
|2019||Lynn||Andy Walker||3||Lincoln Memorial||2||Daniels, W.V.|
|2018||Lynn||Andrew Danna||3||West Florida||2||Muscle Shoals, Ala.|
|2017||Florida Southern||Doug Gordin||3||Lynn||2||Kissimmee, Fla.|
|2016||Saint Leo||Chris Greenwood||3||Chico State||2||Metro State|
|2015||Nova Southeastern||Ryan Jamison||3||Lynn||2||Conover, N.C.|
|2014||Barry||Jimmy Stobs||3||Nova Southeastern||1||Grand Valley State|
|2013****||Barry||Jimmy Stobs||2.5||Lynn||2.5||Hershey, Pa.|
|2012||Nova Southeastern||Garrett Runion||5||Chico State||0||Simpsonville, Ky.|
|2011||Cal State-Monterey Bay||Jason Owen||3||Lynn||2||Florence, Ala.|
|2010||Florida Southern||Doug Gordin||1,206||Central Missouri||1,213||Noblesville, Ind.|
|2009||***Sonoma State||Val Verhunce||1,179||Cal State San Bernardino||1,179||Western Washington|
|2008||***West Florida||Steve Fell||1,129||North Alabama/St. Edwards||1,129||Rice|
|2007||Barry||Jimmy Stobs||1,186||South Carolina Upstate||1,187||Grand Valley State|
|2006||South Carolina Aiken||Mike Carlisle||1,148||Columbus State||1,160||Concord|
|2005||South Carolina Aiken||Mike Carlisle||1,158||Armstrong Atlantic||1,163||Armstrong Atlantic|
|2004||South Carolina Aiken||Mike Carlisle||1,191||Chico State||1,200||DeLand, Fla.|
|2003||Francis Marion||Jonathan Burnett||1,149||Rollins||1,163||Sunriver, Ore.|
|2002||Rollins||Kyle Frakes||1,194||Cal State Stanislaus||1,195||Rollins|
|2001||West Florida||Steve Fell||1,148||Florida Southern||1,16||Grand Valley State|
|2000||Florida Southern||Doug Gordin||1,140||Cal State Bakersfield/Grand Canyon||1,169||Cal State Stanislaus|
|1999||Florida Southern||Doug Gordin||1,125||South Carolina Aiken||1,157||Valdosta State|
|1998||Florida Southern||Doug Gordin||1,168||Columbus State||1,175||Rollins|
|1997||Columbus State||Scott Clark||1,149||North Florida||1,153||Grand Canyon|
|1996||Florida Southern||Doug Gordin||1,178||South Carolina Aiken||1,187||Central Oklahoma|
|1995||Florida Southern||Charley Matlock||1,204||South Carolina Aiken||1,214||South Carolina Aiken|
|1994||Columbus State||Rick Cravens||1,175||North Florida||1,179||North Florida|
|1993||Abilene Christian||Vince Jarrett||1,160||Columbus State||1,165||Cal State Stanislaus|
|1992||Columbus State||Earl Bagley||1,144||Troy||1,176||Wofford|
|1991||Florida Southern||Charley Matlock||1,166||Columbus State||1,190||Florida Atlantic|
|1990||Florida Southern||Charley Matlock||1,170||Columbus State||1,196||Florida Atlantic|
|1989||Columbus State||Earl Bagley||1,196||Valdosta State||1,206||Gannon|
|1988||Tampa||Chuck Winship||1,189||Florida Southern||1,203||Truman|
|1987||Tampa||Chuck Winship||1,175||Columbus State||1,180||Columbus State|
|1986||Florida Southern||Charley Matlock||1,196||Columbus State||1,207||Tampa|
|1985||Florida Southern||Charley Matlock||1,192||Stephen F. Austin||1,202||Sam Houston State|
|1984||Troy||Mike Griffin||1,198||Florida Southern||1,216||Gannon|
|1983||Texas State||Bill Woodley||1,229||Troy||1,234||California (Pa.)|
|1982||Florida Southern||Charley Matlock||1,181||Texas State||1,191||Florida Southern|
|1981||Florida Southern||Charley Matlock||1,184||Allian International||1,219||Hartford|
|1980||Columbus State||Arthur Land||1,178||Florida Southern||1,181||Nicholls state|
|1979||UC Davis||Joe Carlson||1,194||Columbus State/Florida Southern||1,203||UC Davis|
|1978||Columbus State||Mike Taylor||1,174||Troy||1,183||Florida Southern|
|1977||Troy||Mike Griffin||1,168||Rollins||1,179||Texas Southern|
|1976||Troy||Mike Griffin||1,181||UC Irvine||1,212||Youngstown state|
|1975**||UC Irvine||Jerry Hulbert||886||Cal State Northridge||891||Tennessee-Martin|
|1974||Cal State Northridge||Bill Cullum||1,205||UC Irvine||1,211||South Florida|
|1973||Cal State Northridge||Bill Cullum||1,180||South Florida||1,196||UC Riverside|
|1972||New Orleans||Robert Brown||1,214||South Florida||1,238||Williams|
|1971||New Orleans||Robert Brown||1,198||Cal State Northridge||1,202||Chico State|
|1970||Rollins||Joe Justice||1,195||Georgia Southern||1,205||Youngstown State|
|1969||Cal State Northridge||Bill Cullum||1,231||Rollins||1,232||New Mexico|
|1968||Lamar||Dan Rogas||1,151||Middle Tennesee||1,192||Lamar|
|1967||Lamar||Dan Rogas||1,141||Murray State||1,160||Murray State|
|1966||Chico State||Hal Bishop||1,206||Lamar||1,207||Chico State|
|1965||Middle Tennessee State||E.K. Patty||1,157||Southern Illinois||1,202||Missouri State|
|1964*||Southern Illinois||Lynn Holder||886||San Diego State||888||Missouri State|
|1963||Missouri State||A.J. McDonald||1,188||Aquinas||1,199||Missouri State|
**Fourth round rained out.
***Won title in playoff.
****Won title by tiebreaker rule.
Match-play finals began in 2011