Christopher Newport Narrowly Misses Cut at NCAA Men's Golf Championships
Christopher Newport Narrowly Misses Cut at NCAA Men's Golf Championships

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HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. -- The Christopher Newport men's golf team missed the cut by three strokes on day two of the NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championships in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. The Captains finished round two with a 37-over 325, concluding the national championships with a 21st-place team finish. 

Senior Harry Nodwell had the best performance of the day for Christopher Newport, finishing his final collegiate round of golf with a four-over 76. He wrapped up the round in a three-way tie with Brandon Bailey (Ferrum) and Conor Rooney (Pomona-Pitzer), seeking one of the coveted six individual berths into the third- and fourth-rounds. Facing a sudden-death playoff, Bailey clinched the fifth individual spot with a win on the first playoff hole, and in a head-to-head battle with Rooney, Nodwell matched with pars on two straight holes before he succumbed to defeat on the fourth playoff hole after nearly eight hours on the course. 

Nodwell finished the second day tied for 31st with a two-day total of six-over par (74-76=150), leading the way for the Captains. David Rabil followed his opening round 70 with a nine-over 81 on day two for a two-day total 151. 

Sophomore Kurt Funkhouser also scored for the Captains on Wednesday, signing for a 16-over 88 with a pair of birdies. Funkhouser birdied two of three holes to start the back nine, dropping a stroke on the 10th and the 215-yard Par 3 12th. Classmate Joey Corlett finished with a 19-over 91, while rookie Davis Topping posted an eight-over 80 on day two. 

CNU was playing at the El Campeon ("The Champion") Golf Course at the Mission Inn Resort, a 6,844-yard Par 72 that challenged the entire field of 42 teams over the first two days of competition. On Wednesday, the average score for golfers at El Campeon was an 80.68, almost a full stroke higher than the 79.99 scored on day one. 

With the top 18 teams making the cut, Christopher Newport was narrowly edged out by just three strokes for the final spots held by Webster and Pacific Lutheran at +43. The Captains finished their 36-holes in 622 strokes, good for 46-over par and sole possession of 21st place.