HOUSTON – In the end he Ephs' eight-stroke lead after three rounds would be out done by a hard charging New York University team, which played highly efficient golf on the final day of the NCAA Championships to capture the 2019 NCAA crown and leave the Ephs in second place.
The second place finish by the Ephs marked the second year in a row the Ephs have finished second at the NCAA Tournament. In his three years at the Eph helm head coach Tomas Adalsteinsson has guided the Ephs to two second place finishes and a fourth place finish.
After 13 holes today the NYU Bobcats were five under par as a team! While the Ephs lost and then re-gained the lead shortly after the first nine holes NYU just did not let up and posted a winning margin of five strokes.
In their final round the NYU shot a record tying NCAA DIII tournament score of 294, while the Ephs shot 307.
The Ephs have now finished in the top five for eight straight years. The Ephs set a program record for lowest NCAA Tournament score, 1,222.
"It was a great year for us in so many ways, and I'm so proud of the team, their effort all year and how they played this week," said Adalsteinsson. "The team chemistry has been strong, and we'll take this week's experience with us into the fall. I know the players will continue to work hard this summer and return stronger."
"Unfortunately, the performance this week wasn't enough to claim the title, but all credit to the NYU team for a record breaking performance in the final round and all around good play. It was very impressive to watch."
"We're also extremely happy to see Cori claim the individual title her senior year. She's had such an outstanding career at Williams and we will miss her as a player, but more importantly as a person. She deserved finishing on a high note."
After her round Chan stated that she did not know she was putting for medalist on the 18th green. "I did see that my parents had linked arms so I knew the putt meant something, but I was not sure just what. was it just because it was my last round in college? So, I just focused on making the putt."
All but Cori Chan return next when the Ephs will begin again to challenge for the NCAA title.